Down on their luck and desperate for money to buy drugs, Mitsuru (Tetsuji Tamayama) and Maki (Asami Mizukawa) have the perfect plan. They kidnap a young girl and hide out in an abandoned school, awaiting acceptance of their demands. Everything is a going according to plan, except for one gross miscalculation. Their hostage died a year ago today. Now it's their turn.
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Whole Lot of Nothing
Posted by Play.com Reviewer, 29/11/2010 17:19:32
The story is pretty simple but weird, they drug a girl and kidnap her, when they call to make the ransom demands they're told she's dead and when going back to check the girl she's gone. While looking for her they stumble across a small child who doesn't speak and randomly disappears.
From here the story tries to develop with a number of different plots but it just doesn't go anywhere. Theres a couple of different things being thrown around but nothing is coming together to make a solid story.
The horror is almost non-existant, you can feel it coming but in the end nothing happens. The setting is in a closed school so generally its a lot of running around dark corners and looking in empty rooms. A lot of eerie and creepy sounds but not enough to give you the chills.
The ending doesn't live up to J-horror standards, there isn't a big twist or a real shock ending. The conclusion has the "meh" factor and not a lot more.
Overall: Pray just doesn't work, there's lots of things trying to build the suspense but they all fail. Little elements thrown in which don't contribute to the story, in general its all rather disappointing. It's no surprise this movie hasn't had a region 2 DVD release.
Note: This Review was made by Play.com customer: stuartfear on Rakuten’s Play.com on the date shown.
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