Ever since The Pale Girl, starring Sarah Polley as a woman who is ripped apart by an unforgiving disease that has already killed her husband, the actress/director has returned to genre cinema with her next thriller. This time out, she has chosen a directorial debut, The Gate, which centers on a chemical company whose products bring death and ruin to everyone who comes in contact with them. When a former employee turns up dead under suspicious circumstances, the company becomes the focus of a conspiracy unlike any other in the saga.
Online video enthusiasts will not be disappointed by this film. With the backing of numerous top celebrities and actors (including Jessica Alba, Eva Mendes, Elizabeth Banks, Cara Delevingne, Mandy Moore, Ian Somerhalder, Elijah Wood, Danny DeVito, Scott Glenn, Djimon Hounsou, Vanessa Redgrave, Christian Slater, and Sean Bean), the movie succeeds in every way possible. If you enjoy the type of horror movies that are often filmed at night with lighting low, the atmosphere is very dark. However, if you prefer more intense scenes, the film delivers.
Most of the action takes place in a dark room with blue lights and sound effects. Characters and actors do their best to go through the motions and deliver their lines with the right inflection. They truly deliver the emotion when they have to deliver a line of dialogue with the intention of killing or harming the characters in front of them. Often the effect is a calm, distant disposition, but it is still believable to some viewers who may not be up to the challenge of watching this type of performance.
The storylines are fairly standard horror movies, but the supporting cast provides enough fun to help the movie hold its own with other genre flicks. There is a great comedic chemistry between Amy Smart and Kevin Sorbo, who play serial killers by day and nurses by night. They are the constant center of attention, as they are for the rest of the cast.
Interestingly, The Gate is not part of the Twilight Saga, but rather a continuation of the Dark World Series. Like the Dark World series, the movie is a dark comedy with a lot of gore and sex thrown in. (When the actor playing the role of the infected reveals his job, it is clear that he has no problem with the content.) The Gate looks great on the big screen, with some wonderful lighting and scenic shots throughout.
Despite the "deluxe" label that has been put on the movie by many online video website, the acting is superb and the story is interesting. For a horror fan, this is a must-see movie, and if you're one of those people who like to see films that challenge your expectations, then you'll love this movie.
Of course, one of the biggest complaints about Twilight was the special effects in the series, but you will not find any CGI in The Gate. Instead, the movie is essentially shot using real actors and actresses using the most basic of equipment. It is a shame that Hollywood studios continue to use real actors and actresses when they can get the same effects without spending the extra money to do so.
Online video websites offer a lot of value to movie fans who love movies that have a modern twist. The Gate is one of the better examples of that, and with some careful selection of scenes you may be able to avoid the obvious. By watching it online, you are bound to find something new that you didn't know about.