The Pact (2012)

After the success of his short film by the same name at the 2011 Sundance film Festival, Nicholas McCarthy set out on making his first feature length debut. One year latter Nicholas has brought us the Pact starring Agnes Bruckner, Caity Lotz, Casper Van Dien and Haley Hudson.

The movie centers around Annie (Lotz) going back home to help her sister Nicole (Bruckner) prepare for their mothers funeral. After arriving at the house, Nicole begins to look for her sister but all she ends up finding is her cell phone in the closet. Annie does not give it a second thought because of her sisters past life. She soon begin to feel and see things she can't quite explain in the house she grew up in. With the help of a cop (Van Dien) Annie sets out to find her missing sister and the truth about her mother’s death.

The acting is very well done throughout the movie and is held up single handily by Bruckner. She manages to bring a sense of believability and gets the viewer to be on her side by the end of the movie. Van Dien also does a good job but his character never really felt like he needed to be there. However that is a small complaint since his character is not in the movie very long.

For a first time director McCarthy’s does a great job setting up tension and pacing the movie so that it never feels boring. He also manages to keep a certain amount of atmosphere that makes the Pact both a scary and smart film. The tension is held thick throughout the film that builds up to that final act. The movie does have a few plot holes and could have gone without a few of the minor characters but all in all this was a very solid first attempt at a feature length film.

The Pact is a genuinely entertaining movie that will creep you out and is a very versatile film that will have you guessing till the last few minutes of the movie. Overall I recommended this movie to anyone who likes a good suspense thriller, 3 out of 5.


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