Synopsis: Claire, while investigating a child abuse case, discovers that the family is being tormented by a supernatural entity.
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‘They Live In The Grey’ falls victim to being too long, with a runtime of two hours, the ‘slow burn’ movie is put to the test here, 30 minutes could have been trimmed off, and it would have kept the average viewer engaged.
Although the story may have sounded intriguing on paper, the final product was quite mundane. The opening of the movie will instantly grab your attention as you learn that Claire isn’t just a social worker but is also a clairvoyant. A case of a girl being abused at home is assigned to Claire, and we learn that the abuse is not caused by her parents but is caused by a violent spirit.
It sounds amazing, and these parts are, but then the movie takes a nosedive and when you think it will wind down, it doesn’t, and that’s when it turns into a chore.
Having said that, I could not find fault with the casting or the actors’ performances, and the special effects were impressive, and nothing looked cheap or tacky. In terms of story, it’s a great idea that unfortunately just gets overplayed.
Neither would I recommend nor revisit They Live in The Grey in a hurry. It is up to the audience to decide if they want to check out the idea or the story, even though I respect both immensely.