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6 Films to Keep You Awake: The Baby's Room (La Habitaci%C3%B3n del Ni%C3%B1o)

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Jeff Nelson

The Baby's Room (La Habitación del Niño) has a phenomenal first half and a so-so second half, but nonetheless still worth a rental.

6 Films to Keep You Awake: The Baby's Room (La Habitación del Niño)
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It seems as though many films are being confused with horror. Just because there is gore doesn't make it horror. A true film of the genre is one that provoke tension, mystery, suspense, and gets inside your head. It has become very difficult for modern films to do so. It's a shame that there are more movies out there that are trying to shock audiences than make them uneasy and question what's going to happen next.

A couple recently move into their dream home with their recently born child. They install child monitors that can allow them to watch the baby, as well as hear him. The couple begins to feel an odd presence in the house, right beside their baby's cradle. The story mainly focuses on the husband becoming paranoid over this presence. This film takes its time to introduce the characters and the house itself since it feels like a character on its own. As far as the screenplay goes, it's serviceable. It's nothing special, but it holds its own. Tension is an important aspect of the film and it definitely conveys it throughout. It will keep your attention and is never dull.

Performing as a character who's breaking down demands a lot out of the actor. The audience becomes close with the character and needs to feel some sort of connection in order for viewers to feel sympathetic or interested in the character. Unfortunately, the cast doesn't have a lot to offer. Javier Gutiérrez is mediocre, at best, and could have made his character feel more realistic. For the first half, he's believable, but doesn't handle the character unraveling well. Leonor Watling is perhaps the best the film has. However, her character, Sonia, is popping in and out throughout the film and isn't a constant factor. Sonia becomes an irritating character due to her decisions, but Watling does a fine job with the role.

As mentioned before, the house feels like a character on its own. The atmosphere of the building is eerie and pulls the viewer in more. I don't want to give too much away, but the true colors of this house is shown near the end. Once the sun is down, it feels like an entirely different film. The way this movie uses the baby monitors is a cool concept and a nice touch overall.

The first half of the film is fantastic as the audience gets to see the main characters as the strange occurrences begin. However, as the film moves into its second act, it loses steam. There are moments in the film that will require you to stretch the imagination a bit since there isn't much explained. The ending is weak and had a lot of build-up for an anti-climatic ending. The Baby's Room (La Habitación del Niño) has a phenomenal first half and a so-so second half, but nonetheless still worth a rental.

My Rating = Three and One Half Stars

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