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Where Everybody Knows Your Name… or Not.

A Supernatural Honey Review from Suzanne

The Nameless (1999)

This movie came to my attention through an article on non-English language films. When I bought it, I didn't do enough research on just what I was buying. After popping it in, I realized I bought a US version with bad dubbing and no option to watch with subtitles. Never buy foreign films while sleep deprived. Luckily, it's also available on Netflix right now and I was able to watch it in Spanish.

A badly decomposed and mutilated corpse of a six year old girl in found in an old building. Her killers removed all physical identifiers, but police believe her to be the daughter of Claudia (Emma Vilarasau). Cut to five years later, Claudia's marriage has fallen apart and she's hooked on prescription meds. One evening she receives a phone call from someone claiming to be her daughter.

Well, that's just awful.
Claudia tracks down the detective who worked on her daughter's case. Massera (Karra Elejade) has recently lost his wife and has quit the police force. They discover a group called "The Nameless" may be involved in the murder of her daughter, Angela. Unfortunately, there is never any clear description of what this group is about or what their intention was with the sacrifice of Angela.

We discover they are trying to create the ultimate in pure evil, but it's never explained how or why. I'm still not entirely certain this cult was doing anything supernatural, although it points in that direction.

Turn that frown upside down, old man! 
Elejade and Vilarasau are spectacular in their roles. Both suffering so much loss, but finding the support they need in each other. It's almost heartbreaking neither gets the ending they deserve after so much devastation. 

It's probably not going to shock anyone to hear me say I didn't love this film, but it wasn't a total loss. It's reminiscent of Se7en, intentionally, I assume, with the almost intrusive close-ups and lighting where it always seems dark, even in the daytime. The first two acts are intense, but when we reach the climax, it doesn't quite deliver. 

In Spanish, these bored looks translate to something entirely different.
I have a feeling that part of the problem is with the translation. Low budget films do not have the money to spend on real translators. Does anyone remember the debacle with Let the Right One In, where the theatrical translation was completely different from the DVD version, essentially changing the context of the film. This is probably more common than we think. Now, my Spanish isn't great, but I can tell you the subtitles were quite different from the dubbed version.

There is little in the way of gore, but the special effects are practical and done quite well. When you consider that this movie is by the same director of that awful film Darkness, it's most certainly an improvement.

This film is a slow burn thriller that just sort of fizzles at the end. It's like trying to put a puzzle together, but there are no edge pieces so you can't quite finish it. 

Coincidence this picture is in all the image searches for the film? We don't think so.

Supernatural Honey Rating: 2.5 pointless cults out of 5