Emelie Blu-ray Review

     Actors: Sarah Bolger, Joshua Rush
  • Director: Michael Thelin
  • Format: Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:  Not Rated
  • Studio: Dark Sky Films
  • Release Date: May 3, 2016
  • Run Time: 82 minutes



            Emelie is a slow-burn thriller that is extremely efficient in building tension and suspense, keeping me captivated until the letdown of an uninspired final act. Without the strength of Sarah Bolger’s convincing performance as the title character, a psychotic young woman disguised as an average middle-class family’s new babysitter, Emelie would have been far easier to dismiss before the screenplay’s shortcomings failed the film. Instead, I was so impressed with the set-up of the narrative, it made the lackluster final reveal that much more disappointing. It builds wonderfully for more than half the run-time before reaching a monotone plateau act, ending with a whimper when it should have been a bang.