The Mothman Prophecies

By Brett Mullins

Released: 2002

Directed by Mark Pellington

The Mothman Prophecies is a psychological thriller that has too much going on to be able to provide a suitably short synopsis. Let’s just say that a guy, John, is investigating the Mothman, an all knowing, shape shifting, time bending entity that appears to cause a lot of trouble.

The Mothman Prophecies is well acted featuring excellent performances by Richard Gere (Primal Fear) and Will Patton (The Postman). The cinematography is top notch and adds to the sense of mystery present throughout the film.

During the film’s two hour runtime, several side plots and ventures are explored; however, it isn’t clear what the main point of the film is. Was it about John, the details of his wife, or even the nature of the Mothman? Considering each of the three perspectives, it would be difficult to say that the film provides a sense of closure. The audience leaves the film knowing very little about the Mothman, except that he can pretty much do whatever.

Despite this vagary, The Mothman Prophecies is a fun and interesting thriller; just don’t expect any depth.

Rating: 5/10

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