Movie Review: ‘The Forest’

Review by Monique Thompson

A young woman searches for her twin sister in a Japanese forest only to find herself surrounded by paranormal forces.

The Forest is a supernatural horror film situated in the Aokigahara Forest, a forest at the northwest base of Mount Fuji in Japan where people go to commit suicide. The film starts out with an American woman, Sara, learning that her twin sister has gone missing since visiting the suicide forest. Hopeful that her sister is simply lost and hasn’t decided to take her own life, Sara goes to the forest to search for and rescue her twin.

Being based on a true story, that’s really about all that maybe makes this a little “chilling”. While the ending does have a bit of a twist, the preceding part of the film is quite dull with scenes that just aren’t very scary; maybe a little creepy but not scary. In addition, the lead character’s (Sara) decision to even visit this forest let alone venture off the path when she’s been warned several times not too is quite annoying. It clearly sets the film up for many more frustrating moments that just make you wonder if her character can be any more dumb. Clearly, there’s nothing spectacular here and quite honestly, The Forest is a let down.

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