Director: Castille Landon
Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller
Runtime: 109 Minutes
Main Cast: Katherine Heigl, Harry Connick Jr, Madison Iseman, Israel Broussard, Eugenie Bondurant, Julia Vasi, Enuka Okuma, Hudson Rogers
Plot: Rain (Madison Iseman) suffers from schizophrenia and terrifying hallucinations. After returning home from the hospital after another episode, she is convinced she sees through her window that her neighbour has kidnapped a child.
My Thoughts: I’ve two lessons for you today. Number one, don’t judge a movie based on it’s title because I really thought this was going to be a horror movie about someone, or a bunch of people, terrified of actual rain. Number two, I should hand in my (non-existant) blogger badge because it seems that just lately I love trash movies and hate on good ones. I’m sorry, okay! But I loved the heck out of this one and because I went in totally blind, I didn’t realise how much it’s been bashed until I logged my rating in on Letterboxd.
If you’ve been thinking about watching Fear of Rain, it’s best enjoyed knowing as little as possible. I won’t talk openly about spoilers (I’ll hide them if I mention something) but if you want to find out more, you’ve come to the right place. I un-apologetically enjoyed it, but I can’t defend it’s issues. The whole ‘mentally-unstable, unreliable narrator’ plot device has been used time and time again, most recently in this year’s The Woman in the Window, so there’s nothing original here. There are several characters you want to scream at for making terrible choices. You know straight away there’s only one question to be answered – did Rain witness a real crime or was it a hallucination? But.
Here’s the but. The story takes so many twists and turns that I found it impossible not to enjoy. I didn’t really care what the outcome at the end was going to be, I was just along for the ride. I was surprised several times! I never see the twist coming, though. And that’s a great trait to have when it comes to movies, I think. It must suck if you can sniff out a plot twist before the reveal!
Best Bit: I’m going to as vague as I can here so I don’t have to censor too much. But there’s an ‘oh s**t’ moment when a twist is revealed and it’s pretty awesome. What’s better? The twist that comes after that one!
Worst Bit: I know I said I didn’t care too much about the outcome, and I didn’t, but there’s one detail that bugs me that could have been easily fixed. *SPOILERS* Did we ever find out what the neighbour’s motive was? It just felt so random!
Fun Trivia: Many of the medications that Rain takes (around 19:33) for her schizophrenia diagnosis are listed atypical anti-psychotics (many are prescribed for mood disorders as well).
I’m stretching the meaning of the word ‘fun’ here, aren’t I? In my defence, this was the only bit of trivia on IMDB for this movie!
My Rating: 4 out of 5 umbrellas that you can use if you have a fear of rain, unlike anyone in this movie.