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The Faith of Anna Waters (2016)

The Offering (original title)
TV-MA | | Drama, Horror, Mystery | 6 May 2016 (USA)
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When young and successful reporter Jamie finds out that her sister has died in mysterious circumstances, she travels to Singapore to uncover the truth. There, she discovers multiple deaths ... See full summary »

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Kelvin Tong

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Daeng Amer Omar Daeng Amer Omar ... Possessed Indonesian Man
Darius Tan Darius Tan ... Indonesian Doctor
Colin Borgonon ... Father De Silva
Elizabeth Rice ... Jamie Waters
Dylan Jenkins Dylan Jenkins ... Boy with Huntington's Disease
Sharon Frese Sharon Frese ... Doctor Hawkins
Jaymee Ong ... Majorie Tan
Rayann Condy Rayann Condy ... Anna Waters
Prem John Prem John ... Investigating Officer
Daniel Jenkins ... Forensic Pathologist
Augusta Augusta ... Young Jamie
Adina Herz Adina Herz ... Katie Harris
Matthew Settle ... Sam Harris
Adrian Pang ... Father Matthew Goh
Gus Donald Gus Donald ... Danny Crowther
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When young and successful reporter Jamie finds out that her sister has died in mysterious circumstances, she travels to Singapore to uncover the truth. There, she discovers multiple deaths linked to her sister's and must join forces with her sister's husband in order to defeat a demonic entity that is using new technology to complete an ancient mission.

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Country:

Singapore | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 May 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Singapore

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$1,551,044
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A non-recommendable offering

Saw 'The Faith of Anna Waters' being fond of horror/thriller regardless of budget (even if not my favourite genre) and being intrigued somewhat by the idea. Being behind on my film watching and reviewing, with a long to watch and review list that keeps getting longer, it took me a while to get round to watching and reviewing.

Unfortunately, despite not reading any reviews purposefully before watching, am going to have to agree with all the reviewers who hated 'The Faith of Anna Waters'. A film that never took off, further ran out of steam very quickly and rapidly got worse by a second half that makes one not want to keep watching. Never judge a film without seeing the whole thing and wanted to give 'The Faith of Anna Waters', so gave it a fair chance.

The location is suitably spooky, which is pretty much the only thing the film has against it.

However, so much brings 'The Faith of Anna Waters' down. The acting is both over-histrionic or disinterested and the direction is so phoned in and pedestrian, one gets the sense that the director showed no interest in the film at all. Too much of the soundtrack is intrusive and annoying, made worse by the excessive and obvious sound effects that just cheapens the mood. The film looks drab generally and like it was made in haste.

Where 'The Faith of Anna Waters' most underwhelms is the writing and story. The writing is incredibly lazy, it's awkward in dialogue, very confused as a result of not tying things up or going into full detail and doesn't feel complete. The story suffers from a very limp pace, apparent early on and gets slower and slower until an interminably dragged out second half. It further suffers from feeling too much like a short film stretched out with a lot of useless padding. The stereotypical characters are both bland and annoying and the inconsistent and illogical motivations bring them down further.

Could not get behind or relate to the overwrought dead sister part of the plot and the whole stuff with the priests was just weird and convoluted badly an otherwise too simple story.

For a film billed as a horror/thriller, there is very little interesting and nothing remotely scary which makes a waste of such a spooky-looking location. Any scares are too few and are far too predictable, anaemic and weakly timed to make impact, with the dull pacing and obvious sound effects cheapening them significantly. 'The Faith of Anna Waters' doesn't engage let alone thrill, and just frustrates constantly in how increasingly dull and ridiculous it is. The ending and most of the feeble attempts at explanation were incredibly vague and like they were made up on the spot.

Summing up, next to nothing to recommend here. 1/10 Bethany Cox


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