Today, I went to the cinema to watch Jennifer Lawrence’s latest film – House At The End Of The Street.
Despite the title, promotions and adverts, it is in fact a thriller and not a horror as you might assume. I’m not going to write in any spoilers (though it’s killing me knowing I’m not allowed to tell you what happens), so if you’re reading this for that, you’ll have to go somewhere else.
The film, directed by Mark Tonderai, unrolls as follows; (pulled from Wikipedia)
Seeking a fresh start, newly divorced Sarah (Elisabeth Shue) and her daughter Elissa (Jennifer Lawrence) find the house of their dreams in a small, upscale, rural town. But when startling and unexplainable events begin to happen, Sarah and Elissa learn the town is in the shadows of a chilling secret. Years earlier, in the house next door, a daughter killed her parents in their beds, and disappeared—leaving only a brother, Ryan (Max Thieriot), as the sole survivor. Against Sarah’s wishes, Elissa begins a relationship with the reclusive Ryan—and the closer they get, the deeper they’re all pulled into a mystery more dangerous than they ever imagined.
I’m not a huge fan of thriller films. In fact, I rarely venture to the cinema for anything other than a light-hearted comedy. However, I was intrigued by the storyline and wanted to see whether Jennifer Lawrence could portray anything other than sixteen year old Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games. This said, I was hugely impressed with this movie. Even though critics have been particularly harsh, the movie has gone down extremely well with audiences across the world, myself included.
The gripping storyline will have you digging your fingernails into the armrest of your seat, and those with any kind of heart condition may want to watch out – I don’t think I’ve ever jumped as much in the space of two hours as I have done today in the cinema. With plenty of twists, turns and unexpected surprises throughout, you’ll be drawn into the world of Elissa and her fight to unravel the secrets, mysteries and lies that surround the house at the end of the street.
And if anyone, like me, was wondering whether Jennifer Lawrence could rise to the challenge of playing more than just one role – rest assured that she absolutely can.