In 2021, award-winning actress Angelina Jolie made an intriguing decision when she castrated her son. For many years, Jolie has refused to acknowledge the effects this decision has had on her and on their family, even stating in the press that the Serie child was "fine". In her first film since giving birth to their son, Angelina chose to play the mother character in a strange psychological twist, which nonetheless earned her an Academy Award for Best Actress in the Leading Role category. While it can be argued that given the nature of her role that her performance warrants an Oscar nomination, critics and family members of hers have been quick to point out that Angelina's decision to castrate him sets a bad precedent for children to follow.
Fear of Rain depicts Rain falling hard upon the unsuspecting owner of a small shop in a small town. The film begins with a rather large coincidence: Rain (Zoe Saldana) works at home in a small apartment while preparing dinner for her husband and two young sons. When she notices a car seat covered in money due to some sort of theft, she goes inside in search of the robber. Posing as a pimp, he quickly gains the affections of the shopkeeper's teenage daughter. Although she initially disapproves of his plan to rob the store, he claims that he needs the money to pay for medical treatment for his ailing mother.
As the relationship develops, the daughter discovers that Rain isn't really her son after all, and in fact, is a boy named Michael (Efren Ramirez). With his own drug addiction is beginning to take effect, he plans to run away from home and live with the women who love him. However, he is persuaded by his adopted sister Pam (Bebe Neuwirth), a dancer, to stay with her and help her perform in school. Aided by his friend Hector (Pedro Sutter), Michael helps his sister find the man who will help her escape from the streets and get back to normal life, even if that means working odd jobs to earn enough money to support themselves. But when a chance presents itself for Michael and Pam to reunite with their old friend Alvar (Pedro Ciria), it seems like the old memories they shared are still fresh in his mind, and they are able to bring themselves together.
But despite his good intentions, Michael's dreams are not always fulfilled. When a vicious dog attacks his pregnant wife, Michael rushes into the hospital only to find out that the dog was owned by Rain. Before long, however, the two realize that their problems are far from being a simple case of mistaken identity or a case of mistaken loyalty. Instead, they learn that they have real enemies who want control of their lives and wealth, and they join forces with another unlikely pair - a local street urchin and a Spanish vagabond - in order to exact revenge on those who have wronged them. The cast is excellent here, and the acting is near on perfect. The visual effects are realistic but never cheesy, the story events believable despite its somewhat surreal elements, and the acting is well above the standard movie staple of "you-know-what".
One of the best features of Fear of Rain is the way it manages to combine real world horror movie elements with elements of fantasy. This is what makes the film very different from the typical fantasy films. For one, unlike most fantasy epics, most of the characters in the movie have no background in mythology and only seem to be existent because of the context of the story. They simply walk into the movie, and the viewer is left wondering who they are and where they came from until the end. It makes the viewer care about these people, which is more than can be said for many animated films.
Thematically, Fear of Rain is one of the more interesting movies of the year. Not only does it contain some very dark moments, but it also manages to combine this dark atmosphere with some bright comedy, all of which helps the movie to achieve its unique vision. Because of the incredibly successful premise, the movie comes at a fantastic pace, and there's not a lot of down time. All in all, Fear of Rain is an excellent action/horror film that anyone can enjoy.