Several years ago, being pregnant, Laura went on the run and is now raising her son David alone. The boy grows up healthy and cheerful, but one day in the middle of the night, Laura discovers in his bedroom some people who just disappeared after that, and soon David falls ill with a mysterious disease. The boy’s condition worsens, the doctors shrug their shoulders, and the poor mother can only hope for a miracle.
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Most parents, it must be, sometimes on emotions, the question may arise: are we not raising the offspring of the devil? No, of course, parents should love their children, but horror film author Ivan Cavanagh takes this question seriously. There is neither humorous nor hyperbolic in “Son”, but there are plot intersections with the director’s previous work – “Channel” in 2014. A primitive game with the perception of reality leads to the fact that the audience is not sure of what is happening: whether paranormal forces are to blame for the hero’s misadventures, or the roots of the troubles lie in psychosis. This plot device fails because of the surprisingly serious, for this artless horror, tone, which leads to an ambiguous spectacle at best.
After the prologue, in which a young pregnant woman gives birth alone in a car, we are introduced to Laura. The kindergarten teacher lives quietly in a small town with her eight-year-old son David. A mysterious group of people enters their house at night. The police are skeptical: there were no signs of a burglary, no fingerprints of strangers. Later, the detectives realize that something is wrong with Laura: for a long time she lived under an assumed name. And then David suddenly falls ill with a mysterious disease.
Further development of the plot concerns Laura’s growing paranoia, as she comes to the most “logical” conclusion: this is all a conspiracy, in which even the hospital staff is involved. Meanwhile, David’s illness leads to certain bloody consequences. It can be seen what the authors wanted to do: “Son” has certain thematic elements of the level of “The Omen” and “It’s Alive” by Larry Cohen. However, the script for “Son” has a distinctive narrative discourse: despite the choice of atmosphere, the narrative here is rather episodic. It does not give rise to a single, exciting story: rather, it is several segments, united by a common theme. Where it will lead is clear almost from the first scenes.
In the past five years, a lot of films have focused on the following topic: how far a mother is willing to go to protect her son with conflicting moral qualities. Lee Cronin’s The Other, The Omen Rebirth, Doll 2: Brahms, Burn, Burn Clear, and even Z – all of these films had similar concepts, or at least a common idea. The “son” does not distinguish anything from them, except, perhaps, the desire to anchor the story more on the psychological level than on the supernatural: all this, nevertheless, looks like cynical momentary tricks that cause skepticism. A weak tempo leads to an equally weak generation of anxious atmosphere, which, in turn, generates an exceptionally gray and unmemorable movie.
Codec: HEVC / H.265 (67.5 Mb/s)
Resolution: 4K (2160p)
Aspect ratio: 2.39:1
Original aspect ratio: 2.39:1
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 (48kHz, 24-bit)
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
German: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 (48kHz, 24-bit)
English SRT, German, German FORCED.