The Lighthouse is the latest thriller from director Mark Miller and producer John Fusco, both experienced in working with seasoned Hollywood names. They have taken a risky experiment in filmmaking and the results speak for themselves. From its spine-chilling teaser, to its driving storyline, The Lighthouse has already entertained film buffs and genre fans of all ages. With a screenplay by Irish writer David Goodman, The Lighthouse has the capacity to take advantage of this sub-genre of thriller in an exciting way.
The central character is Cate Grena (Amy Dunne), an adult with a troubled past. She was involved in a disturbing car accident that left her confined to a wheelchair. With her therapy is failing, she is afraid to make new friends because she knows her past has been filled with darkness and she is afraid of what could happen to her.
Twenty years later, she is still afraid of every person who meets her and is reluctant to accept any help. One night she meets an attractive stranger, whose last name is Spile.
Dan (John Fleck) has been meeting up with Cate over the past few years and has slowly moved into her life. After losing his wife, he has found solace in seeing the woman he loves. As the movie progresses, Dan becomes the 'helper' to Cate as she desperately tries to fit into society. He brings her to the clinic where she first met Dan, so she can check out some new friends.
He helps her prepare herself for the day as she goes through the proper boundaries for a long term relationship. But something terrible happens. Her memory begins to fade away, making her remember nothing of what happened to her before the accident.
On the weekend after Cate goes to the clinic, she is faced with memories that she does not want to recall. The Lighthouse takes a unique approach to a thriller based on a short story written by author Dan Claassen, 'Forever Pure'. With the help of writer David Goodman, Mark Miller used the same plot in his movie, The Lighthouse.
The movie made a great use of it own sub-genre and gave the viewer a fascinating peek into the lives of the characters. The suspense and suspenseful parts of the movie, the way the director handles the shaky camera angles, and the soundtrack alone, are enough to keep you in the theater until the end. The Hollywood way of making movies has been taken to another level by The Lighthouse. What could have been a generic thriller script turned into an entertaining story that you will remember for years to come.
The story line itself is one of the best in recent years and in many ways, marks a leap from The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson. The mysterious and intriguing plotline kept viewers riveted to the screen and wanting more. The Lighthouse will stay in your mind for years to come. If you haven't already seen this movie, you are not alone.