I watched this film with my brother and we definitely both had a good time at the movies. We were both very impressed with Michael Thelin's direction. Many horror films go for cheap scares, but Emelie never gives into easy tropes or genre clichés. There was one particular scene in the middle of the movie that I will never forget, involving a pet snake; . I thought this scene was shot brilliantly; particularly in that it didn't show us too much. In the end, Emelie delivers a powerful; albeit chilling message about the people we let into our homes. If I ever have to hire a babysitter, <more>
Gripping. Goes into territories far too uncomfortable (by matdog321)
I might be a little biased for this review, but i loved it personally. As a big brother, i have an overly protective sense when it comes to my younger siblings. That feeling was kept with me from the last shot of this film. Emelie focuses on a twisted babysitter terrorizing the children with sadistic games. What i liked about Emelie is that the content in this film is never shoved in your face. The violence and nudity are almost absent. But that doesn't mean Emelie plays it safe. There are many hard-to-watch moments in this film. The fact that the film is not overly explicit gives you <more>
sense that you are watching something of a PG-13/Tv Movie, until a bizarre act totally catches you off guard. You can never feel safe watching, you don't know what the sitter has planned next, or what her motives are. You just know from the get go she's not who she says she is. Which is another thing i loved about this film, it doesn't have a subtle approach to the audience about the villain being revealed. It is already obvious within the first 5 minutes of the movie. The children are fantastic and honestly adorable, so you don't have to worry about any annoying child actors or obnoxious behavior. The youngest of the group is the real star of the film, without him it wouldn't be as sympathetic, and raw. The ultimate fear is that something will happen to these kids who are so innocent, and they completely follow Emelie's rules because of their trust in her. It can be truly heartbreaking especially in about 2 scenes in this film. I recommend it to anyone looking for a thriller that will stick with you, but i advise caution to any parent who frequently hires a sitter or even has a child at all.
The concept of this film is very unique - I can't believe we haven't seen this idea before. I thought the acting was excellent, especially the children. The three little kids are amazing little actors and some of the scenes made me cringe.I loved the flow of the film that Director Michael Thelin skillfully dictated. I'm guessing he was influenced by some Haneke as the film displays many slow moving, but very loaded scenes. I'm curious what he'll do next. Great job, I would recommend this film.
"Emilie" 2015 is a superb, gut-wrenching thriller. (by ericrnolan)
I'll come straight to the point — "Emilie" is an exceptional horror- thriller that belongs on your list of films to see, provided you can stomach some disturbing content. This movie hooked me in under a minute, even before its title appeared on screen. Then it kept me glued to it throughout most of its running length. It could have been an even better film — a classic on par with "Psycho" 1960 or "Fatal Attraction" 1987 , were it not for some key creative choices about halfway through.I'd give this movie a 9 out of 10. It succeeds for two reasons <more>
— great acting and a script that perfectly employs dialogue that is first subtle and nuanced, and then increasingly frightening. The title character is a babysitter who is not what the parents expected, in more ways than one. After some deliberately awkward character interaction with the departing parents, she proceeds to subject the children to a series of progressively more demented psychological games. What follows is a thriller brimming with pathos. The movie reminded me a lot of the critically acclaimed and controversial "Funny Games" 2007 . That film also showed ostensibly innocent adversaries entering a family's home after gaining their trust, and then doing awful things.Emilie is played to perfection by Sarah Bolger, who has a beautiful, kind face, which only makes the character's incongruous psychopathy even more unsettling for the viewer. It took me a while to place the actress' face, until I recognized her as the somewhat feckless protagonist of 2011's "The Moth Diaries." I was impressed with her talent then as a hapless good guy, and I think her performance here was phenomenal. She plays the innocent-looking, yet icy antagonist here with subtle, unnerving malice. The rest of the cast is also uniformly quite good. This is true even of the young child actors, but most especially of Joshua Rush.The movie is briskly paced, but its sparing dialogue still manages to rattle and then shock. It's a sometimes obscene story of imperiled children that really gets under your skin. Most of its directing is clean and clear. Combined with the unusual score, it gives the story a dreamlike quality.The movie loses its way just a little at about the 40-minute mark, when its perverse, moody dialogue and strictly psychological horror give way to the familiar elements of a boilerplate thriller. An unnecessary backstory is given for our antagonist, delivered by an overly convenient, standard flashback sequence that feels out of place and that disrupts the pacing. "Her mind was shattered." Then, other plot points also feel just a little by-the-numbers, moving "Emilie" away from true cinematic greatness and toward just being a very good horror flick.Finally, Bolger's villain is defanged a little when the script calls for her to lose her calm demeanor after the plucky, oldest child Rush defies her, in a well executed but entirely predictable David and Goliath story. And her character's reliance on a nameless, voiceless and superfluous confederate here also makes her a little less enigmatic.How much greater would this movie have been if Emilie's motivations remained a mystery? What if, like "Funny Games" or "The Strangers" 2008 , all we knew is that she was an highly intelligent sociopath acting for no discernible reason? What if she were acting entirely alone?And what if the horror remained strictly psychological, with no actual violence to up the ante until the closing minutes? The most disturbing scenario I can think of is this — what if she were able to psychologically manipulate the children to violently turn against one another, or against their parents upon their return? That could be an ambiguous, darker and far more thematic story than the second half of the film we see here.Still, this was a damned effective scary movie, and that's good enough. I recommend it.One more thing — there actually is a famous, heartwarming French romantic comedy entitled "Amelie" 2001 . I think it would be blackly funny if some sentimental filmgoers wanted to rent that and accidentally picked up "Emilie."
For all the nitpickers who hated this movie and gave it a low score...CHILL OUT. There are a few disturbing scenes, but the main character is a psycho, so what do ya expect? As a psychological thriller, it does a good job of creeping out the viewers. If some of the extreme scenes described in other reviews turn you off, you might be well served to skip this one and stick to Disney movies. Otherwise, prepare to be disturbed and thrilled.No complaints about the casting; in fact, the actors who played Jacob Joshua Rush and Emelie Sarah Bolger did a fine job. I found the story to be <more>
completely believable as well.A word of warning to parents; you will think twice before leaving the kiddies with a new sitter. If you do, your evening will be ruined, and you will be worried all night about what may be happening at home.
I have literally just finished watching this film, and I must say I find it to be pretty good. Horror films are very hard to get right these days, and IMDb reviews certainly are not the most kind to the genre in terms of ratings. Emelie has a great plot to it...one that is original, and exciting. I would have said it was more of a thriller then a horror film, but it had a few good scary moments. Throughout the film, you are always kept on your toes, and I was gripped to my seat. Deffinately worth a watch, if your into decent modern horror films.
Excellent Movie (by evianmee)
Everything from the story, to the children acting was spot on, the starting of the movie was good, the sequence of the scenes and the total story is well put together. It is not a strong horror movie, the girl named Emelie represent a true twisted sick personality. the children acted wonderfully, there were some gross scenes that makes your eyes pops if you are a parent or planning to be, but the bold scenes added more strength because these things happen! I also loved that they did not catch her, hoping ,there will be another part! it's promising, and different from boring typical <more>
haunted house or possessed person horror movies that adds nothing.If you are looking for something different ,this will please you , however if you are into the repeated classic ghosts or supernatural then this is not for you.
This is a movie I haven't heard friends talking about. I found the trailer on YouTube, and rented the movie. I stayed up late alone in my apartment last night watching this movie. An ideal thriller to watch at night, in the dark, and alone. I really enjoyed it!! When I first saw the movie trailer for this movie, it gave me the chills as the trailer is very creepy. It made me feel more sorry for the hamster in the trailer, than when I actually saw the whole scene in the movie.I'm sure everybody who has heard about this movie, knows it's about kids having a psycho babysitter that <more>
wasn't their intended babysitter. That's a good direction to go with a movie. I'm sure we all had babysitters as kids, and this makes you ask the question of what if you had a babysitter when you were a kid as scary as Emelie? If you have kids, you might ask the same question, like what if you hired a babysitter for your kids that was just like her?In this movie, the psycho babysitter's name is Emelie. The actress played her part really well. Her character reminds me a lot of Hannah O' Connor from some of the final episodes of One Life To Live when it was on ABC. A Caucasian girl with dark straight hair around the same length and style, their voices sound a little the same. They are also girls that can be nice with kids, but who also will be very threatening to get what they want.While the trailer makes this movie look very creepy, and makes Emelie look menacing. Emelie at first seemed kind of nice, and good with kids. The kids didn't seem to have a problem with her at first, and she seemed to just be allowing the kids to get away with more stuff with their parents gone. I thought this movie didn't seem too scary at first until around 3/4 of the movie. Hannah just seemed somewhat psycho. We have the kids in the movie. I have to say, I've heard people complaining about kid actors nowadays. I thought these kids actors were good. They seemed realistic and they seemed like your everyday kids that you could imagine babysitting. The movie made me imagine if I was there at first when the kids were being babysat as it seemed like a familiar, everyday scene. It later looks more like a movie as we get further into the action. I also admired the oldest kid, Jacob for the bravery he showed.One other thing to mention about this movie which I've heard people mention, and I'm sure the people who made this movie intended it to look like. This movie doesn't look like it takes place today. It looks like it takes place like 15-years ago, like in the early 2000s. One prime example is a VCR and video tape. We don't even see a DVD player. Some other technology from the movie including the cellphones look like it's from around that time. The year this movie takes place in, is never mentioned.I didn't consider this movie too much of a horror movie. It seemed mostly like a thriller movie, and it kept me entertained the whole way through wanting to know what happens next? It has a couple of flaws, including unanswered questions we will have while watching it. It's okay if they have unanswered questions leaving us in suspense, but it would have been better if they took more time explaining things, especially Emelie's origins.In all, a great movie an 8/10. I'd recommend this for you if you're up for a thriller!!
I liked this movie. It is not the fastest paced move, it does not have the most gore, it doesn't have any nudity, but what it does have is an interesting plot and good acting. Plot: As a parent I thought the plot was terrifying. The plot was not perfect but was believable. The things the babysitter does are not over the top. If they were too out there the kids would have picked up that something was wrong so I liked the level of craziness that she brings. Characters: there was not much back story on the characters, but they really didn't need it. You got an understanding of the <more>
antagonist and why she does what she does and that is really all it takes. The other characters are either not that important or are kids that don't really have a back story. All the characters were believable. Acting: The acting was good. Some of the little kids lines weren't all that great but considering their age I thought they did a great job. The main actors were all well cast and played their parts well.Intangibles: The biggest intangible to me in this one is the feelings of a parent. having kids definitely improved the creepy factor of this one. Parts of the movie left me cringing thinking dang I would not want that to be my kid. Without that feeling the critical parts for me would not have had the same impact.