Within the director Neil Burger’s harrowing but skinny thriller “The Marsh King’s Daughter,” tailored from Karen Dionne’s same-titled novel, a younger Helena (Brooklynn Prince) learns how her fairy story is definitely a nightmare. She lives in a woodland cabin along with her stern mom, Beth (Caren Pistorius) and her huntsman father, Jacob (Ben Mendelsohn). Jacob typically manufacturers Beth’s white pores and skin with Indigenous impressed tattoos and instructs her tips on how to observe and hunt.
When a misplaced wanderer on a four-wheeler comes in search of instructions, nonetheless, Beth flees with Helena on the car to the police, resulting in Jacob’s arrest. Unbeknown to the younger Helena, twelve years prior, her supposedly loving father kidnapped Beth to be his bride.
As an grownup, Helena (Daisy Ridley) shares a daughter along with her husband, Stephen (Garrett Hedlund). However Stephen is clueless to Helena’s previous. That modifications when Jacob escapes from jail. Helena opts to hunt Jacob earlier than he steals her daughter (Joey Carson).
It is a movie superficially about trauma. Reasonably than mining the emotional and psychological complexities of Helena’s devastation, probably ripe topics, Burger rapidly pushes ill-fitting thriller tropes onto a personality research body.
Whereas Mendelsohn is commonly adept at portraying villains, his potential to ship menace is restricted by a one-note script. Putrid hues of greenish-yellow lighting, meant to suggest jumps into the previous, additionally underwhelm the suspense. Nonetheless, a recreation Ridley, together with a short cameo by a soulful Gil Birmingham, supplies the required stakes for Burger’s movie to not idle in narrative mud.
The Marsh King’s Daughter
Rated R for violence. Operating time: 1 hour 48 minutes. In theaters.