The Eclipse is a sedate Irish drama, set in a sleepy seaside town on the Irish coast. The story focuses around the character Michael – a widow with two children to look after and a job as a woodwork teacher at the local school.
Every summer Michael helps run the annual literary festival that the town is known for, and this year is tasked with looking after Lena, a keynote speaker and author of several books on the supernatural.
After meeting Lena, Michael starts to feel and then see visions of his dead – but he’s not actually dead – father.
It’s here that the film really kicks into high gear. Whilst not exactly a horror, o even paced enough to be considered a true supernatural thriller, The Eclipse’s meandering pace constantly lulls you into a relaxed state of mind, so that when ever Michael experiences on of his visions, you’re as freaked out as he is.
As a nicely written drama, The Eclipse’s strengths are focused n the three main characters, Michael, Lena and an egotistical, best selling author who comes to town hoping t hook up with Lena.
Of course with Michael spending most of his time showing Lena around, they both become close and through his increasingly real supernatural experiences, the ow become close, to the violent disgust of the egotistical one.
If you think you know where the story is going, you’re only partially right. The Eclipse has plenty of punch in both the freak you out stakes and in the surprising twists department.
Because it does traverse many genres, whilst only really sitting comfortably in the drama genre, The Eclipse is a hard film to really describe, but if you enjoy a well written story that is acted well, and you don’t mind being freaked out when you least expect it, then The Eclipse is going to make your night.
Reviewed by: Jonathan