absentia 2011 movie poster

“Don’t underestimate the attraction of oblivion… not ’til you’ve lived a little longer.”
– Tricia

SYNOPSIS: Tricia’s husband Daniel has been missing for seven years. Her younger sister Callie comes to live with her as the pressure mounts to finally declare him ‘dead in absentia.’ As Tricia sifts through the wreckage and tries to move on with her life, Callie finds herself drawn to an ominous tunnel near the house. As she begins to link it to other mysterious disappearances, it becomes clear that Daniel’s presumed death might be anything but ‘natural.’ The ancient force at work in the tunnel might have set its sights on Callie and Tricia … and Daniel might be suffering a fate far worse than death in its grasp. – via IMDB

absentia

GRADE 8This was freaking excellent! Alright, so I read a review about it a while ago over at The IPC, and I just never got to it after that. After some extremely terrifying threats gentle nudging from the chief Chop, I figured it was time. Well, between him and Seth, they both got overly excited, and I was soon let into the fold of whyAbsentia was a phenomenally beautiful movie that had so much going on in its favour. I never suffered from one minute of boredom, and the movie progressed at a perfect pace, and definitely gets to giving you the heebie jeebies. The score was fantastic, as it was really subtle, and complemented the movie on so many levels. It never took over, it was never too loud, it was ever-present, and it worked really well. It was haunting. The film itself was well acted, and for the life of me I can’t explain it, but I thought Detective Ryan Mallory’s partner Detective Lonergan, played by Justin Gordon, was a real cutie. I loved his glasses and how he chewed his gum. It was pretty hot. Don’t judge me monkeys, I said I couldn’t explain it. I have no idea why this movie scored so low on IMDB, I thought this was one of the best laid out and chilling movies in this type of genre. I was thrilled endlessly when I did not see the Big Bad (or more like not in its entirety), because as I have said before, that is where you usually lose me in a film. Give the atmosphere! This movie definitely had tons of that. The cast worked really well together, and brought all these scenes home with a beautiful resonance that is haunting and lingers long after the movie is over. It is a slow burn, but never does the film drag. It was also shot stunningly, and was incredibly atmospheric – eerie and chilling – perfect. I also really, really liked the way they presented the “theory” scenes – all the different scenarios. If you have not seen Absentia, like myself for some unknown reason before this, don’t waste time, get to it immediately! I have no idea why it took me this long to get to it, it is well worth the watch in every sense!

30 thoughts on “Rapid Review: Absentia (2011)

  1. Awesome! So happy you enjoyed it :). It really is a solid, low-budget fright fest that never sacrifices ambience and heartache for cheap scares.

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    1. Zoë says:

      So glad we agree Joseph! I liked that, it never got tacky and it never lost itself. It stayed on track, and it worked on so many levels. I was extremely impressed.

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  2. Tyson Carter says:

    I liked this, maybe not as much as you guys but it was pretty good 🙂

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    1. Zoë says:

      🙂 I am so glad to hear that you enjoyed it. I was pleasantly surprised!

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      1. Tyson Carter says:

        I reviewed it AGES ago, one of the first I did I believe. Im not here to spam my own links, and I’d like to think my writing will have improved since then, but I just remember thinking it was a well done low budget movie, but nothing spectacular.

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      2. Zoë says:

        Well, never fear. On my way over to check out what you thought about it 😛

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  3. movierob says:

    not sure this is for me 🙂

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    1. Zoë says:

      Probably not your cup of tea, but very good nonetheless 🙂

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      1. movierob says:

        sent u an email if u get a chance, pls check it out. tnx

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  4. theipc says:

    Most Beloved JJBSSB,

    This makes incredibly happy!!!!

    *dote dote dote*

    x x x x

    Love,

    PSC

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    1. Zoë says:

      My Dearest Long Weekended Spock Chop,

      Yes, it was lovely.

      #dotedon

      Love,

      JJB

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      1. theipc says:

        SSB,

        Awesome!! You ROCK!!!!

        #dotedotedote

        Love,

        Back To Work Spock Chop : (

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      2. Zoë says:

        Dear BTWSC,

        Man, there is nothing worse.

        #rock

        Love,

        SJJB

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  5. Emphasis on the ‘freak’ in ‘freakin excellent’ then I’m guessing Zoe?

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    1. Zoë says:

      Oh you know it Mark! Great film this! Have you seen it?

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  6. Abbi says:

    This sounds really good. I need to check if it’s on Netflix.

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    1. Zoë says:

      I hope you find it Abbi, well worth looking into!

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  7. table9mutant says:

    Nice review, Zoe! Hitchcock was fun but it’s good to see you doing non-Hitchcock again. : ) This sounds interesting. Eric has put it on a list for me but I’m not sure it’s one I can get ahold of. Glad you enjoyed it! : )

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    1. Zoë says:

      Thanks lady!

      Ah, my blog almost doesn’t know what it is to post other things anymore! 😛

      I hope you do, you might very well like it?

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  8. caragale says:

    So much good feedback! Apparently I need to give it a whirl! Great review, lady! 🙂

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    1. Zoë says:

      Thank you! You will be doing yourself a favour lady, I would love to hear what you think about this one, well worth the watch.

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      1. caragale says:

        I added it to my Spook Series list!! 🙂

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      2. Zoë says:

        YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY!!!!!!! (To be voted in or one that you have chosen and added as a “definitely going to watch”?)

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      3. caragale says:

        Well, it’s on the list. Granted, it’s toward the bottom since you’re the only one who has mentioned it…but I’ll get to it when I can!! Lol.

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  9. I reviewed this one too! Quite good, I was impressed 🙂

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    1. Zoë says:

      🙂 I will have to go check yours out. Loved this!

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  10. chris2508 says:

    Not heard of this before, seems like I’m missing out on something special, I’m going to try and find it on Netflix. A good read Zoe.

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    1. Zoë says:

      Thanks a bunch Chris! I hope that you find it and I really hope that you enjoy it. This was a fantastic independent film I wish everyone would see at least once!

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  11. Looks freaky you know I am a scaredy cat, I’ll settle for the trailer and your review. haha

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    1. Zoë says:

      Awwwwwwwwww man! And this one is EXCELLENT and a bag of chips!!

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