After the sudden death of his wife, author Mike retreats to his isolated cabin in the woods in the hopes of being able to write again. Instead he finds insistent reminders of his dead wife and becomes trapped in a supernatural web involving a vengeful ghost in his house and a custody battle for a young girl.
Pierce Brosnan (Mike), Melissa George (Mattie), Annabeth Gish (Jo), Anika Noni Rose (Sara), Matt Frewer (Sid), Jason Priestley (Marty), Catilin Carmichael (Kyra), Peter MacNeill, William Schallert (Max).
Bag of Bones starts off pretty well with just enough intrigue to make things interesting. The supernatural aspect of the film is exposed fairly early setting the tone for the rest of the film. From there the story spins in circles a bit trying to make a few of the finer points needed to make sense of everything later in the film. Though not long enough apparently for feature film, this one works well as a two part mini-series despite feeling stretched at points.
Acting was decent with Brosnan putting forth a respectable performance. George was an interesting choice and though didn’t seem to play well with Brosnan, brought a nice element to the film. Gish was interesting as was Rose and Frewer. Priestly did surprisingly well.
Camera work, sets, and backgrounds were good and gave the film a solid feel. Effects were good though repetitive after a while, in compliance with the book however. Dialogue was good, as were sound and soundtrack.
Overall Stephen King’s Bag of Bones is a mild but solid supernatural horror mini-series but lacks as an adaptation. The depth and impact of the book just didn’t translate well into the series. Book fans will be seriously disappointed while those who have never read the book will likely enjoy this series.
With some mild violence and horror this should be fine for teens and above.
Stephen King’s Bag of Bones is no longer showing in any Littleton Colorado movie theatres.
Star rating: 3 out of 5
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