The Innocents (2021)

The Innocents is a slow burn movie about four children who develop supernatural powers. The story follows their innocent play as it takes a dark turn and strange things begin to happen. Though the movie is slow, the payoff is worth it as the children’s abilities are gradually revealed.

The child actors’ performances are outstanding, and they carry the movie. The adults are mostly relegated to the background, but they do a respectable job in their supporting roles. The movie’s pacing is its biggest issue. It’s a slow movie that requires patience, but it’s rewarding.

The movie has been described as a horror movie, but the horror is more psychological than anything else. The story is more about the children’s journey as they discover their abilities and come to terms with what they can do. It is visually stunning, and the cinematography is excellent. It is set in the Norwegian countryside, and the scenery is breathtaking. The soundtrack is also excellent. Trier has a deep sense of direction, and he instils a feeling of dread and anxiety throughout the film.

Thematically, the movie explores the nature of innocence and how it can be corrupted, and the power of friendship and how it can help us overcome our fears. The Innocents provides a disturbing insight into the complex emotions and development of childhood.

It’s a long film, but it’s worth watching for the patient.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

(In cinemas in Australia – check your movie guide for your local show times.)