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DVD Review: THE DOOR (Die Tur)

THE DOOR  (Die Tur)

Reviewer Paul Devine
Rated: 15
Release Date: Apil 18, 2011 (UK & Ireland)
Director: Anno Saul
Cast:Mads Mikkelsen, Jessica Schwarz , Heike Makatsch

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In September 2009 I posted the trailer for this movie in Cinehouse  and 19months on I didnt dream that I would be reviewing the movie THE DOOR (Die Tur its German name). The people’s movie was nearly a year old  things were slowly taking shape but  when I created Cinehouse it was only an experiment testing the waters but now 2 years on Cinehouse is as established as The Peoples Movies and Im reviewing the movie!

There comes a time in everyones life we get crippled with guilt, even remorse over something and because of this your world is falling apart but what if you had a chance to fix those previous events do the right thing, would you take the opportunity? probably you would.

Mads Mikkleson (Casino Royale, Clash Of The Titans)plays David a once successful artist who loses control of his life due to the tragic death of his daughter destroying him and his marriage. Five Years on David’s life is at a crossroads and nothing to live for he attempts to commit suicide only to be rescued by a friend who then takes him for a drink but David escapes. On his way home he stumbles across a mysterious door which leads him down a tunnel into what find out is an alternate reality, as realisation sinks into David that he’s travelled back in time he grabs the opportunity to save his daughter’s life and live those stolen years with his family. This is all done whilst the other David is shagging the neighbour but what do you do when your otherself returns? Just kill him and bury him in the back garden.

Now her life has been saved and the other David is now worm food, his daughter senses something isnt right with her dad but before time trust comes but also the real truth starts to untangle and as things start to reach paranoia level  David starts to realise that he isn’t the only one to have travelled through the door.

To label THE DOOR under one genre is like asking a bricklayer to build a solid wall without mortar, impossible as the movie does take elements from a number of genres but enough for them all to fit nicely under one movie. We have sci-fi, horror, thriller, drama and despite them all working well together we never actually question anything when things get a bit surreal. A mans desperation to fix wrongs is this works and when your desperete you dont care what you have to go through to acheive your goal.

Looking at the time travel part of the movie this doesnt actually feel sci-fi but more like a Alice Wonderland Alice Looking Through Glass fantasy, as we never ask where the door/the tunnel came from but more the curiousity to find out whats at the otherside of the door. The only other connection to sci-fi in the movie is David’s daughter mistrust in her father knowing something not right here, a bit like the body snactchers or one of the golden paranoia sci-fi flicks like Invaders From Mars as the boy watches his father go to top of the small hill to disappear and comeback the following day completely different person.

Despite the number of unanswered questions like who knows about the tunnel plus do you have to have screwed up to go down the tunnel as well?David’s creepy neighbour Siggi does his best to answer some of the questions, well he does also know where all the dead bodies are!Despite the odd ridicolus moments the acting here is very well done who bring a sense of realism to the movie   and keep with the movie  for the dramatic ending in this well paced fantastic movie.

movie rating: 4/5

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