The Nun (2018) – Movie Review

The Nun is a supernatural horror mystery film directed by Corin Hardy and written by Gary Dauberman and James Wan. The film is a spin-off of The Conjuring 2 (2016), and the fifth installment in The Conjuring Universe.

The film sets in 1952 Romania, wherein the opening scene, two Roman Catholic nuns living at the Cârța Monastery are attacked by a mysterious demonic entity appearing as a nun. When the Vatican learns about this unusual situation, to investigate this the Vatican sends Father Burke (Demián Bichir) and a nun in her novitiate, Sister Irene (Taissa Farmiga) to travel to Romania. Unaware of a malevolent force waiting for them at the abbey, the two must uncover the deadly secret behind unusual deaths and activities at the abbey and must prevent living from the demonic nun.

The film explores the origin story of the character “The Nun”, from The Conjuring 2. In that film, the character has frightened the audience with its impacting screen presence, mysterious backstory, and engaging screenplay, but this film lacks it all. I have watched this film in IMAX, and undoubtedly, the atmosphere, the picturization, the performances and the background score of the film is powerful and effective. The main problem with the film is its weak narrative and its over-reliance on jump-scares. Nowadays, the jump-scares have become the crucial part of the horror films, but in this film, it is just too much, and feels like “been there, done that”. Apart from this, some of the moments in the film were supposed to be super scary but actually turned out to be funny.

Verdict : Supposed to be the darkest chapter in the Conjuring universe, but turned out to be stereotypical and not that scary one.

Rating : 2.8/5

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