The Mothman Prophecies (2002) – Review, Rating and Synopsis

The Mothman Prophecies (2002)

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  • Release Date:  2002
  • Genre:  Supernatural Power
  • Director:  Mark Pellington
  • Screenwriter:  John A. Keel, Richard Hatem
  • Cast & Crew: Richard Gere, David Eigenberg, Bob Tracey, Ron Emanuel, Debra Messing, Tom Stoviak, Yvonne Erickson, Scott Nunnally, Harris Mackenzie, Will Patton, Lucinda Jenney, Laura Linney, Tom Tully, Zachary Mott, and Ann McDonough

The Mothman Prophecies (2002)Rating:

  • Eloise = 6 / 10;
  • Raoul = 6.5 / 10;
  • IMDB = 6.5/10;
  • Rotten Tomatoes =5.6/10.

The Mothman Prophecies (2002) Synopsis:

Worried by the strange circumstances of his wife’s recent death, a journalist goes on investigating strange events occurring in a small city in West Virginia.

The Mothman Prophecies (2002) Review:

The Mothman Prophecies is to Richard Gere what Fallen is to Denzel Washington and What Lies Beneath to Harrison Ford: their big-budget horror-themed thriller. The resemblances between these three movies are multiples: great scenario (usually centered around the lead male actor), great cast, not really scary but featuring good suspense instead.

The Mothman Prophecies is unique in that, for the first hour or so, the scenario remains so mysterious that you barely have any idea what is actually happening to poor Richard Gere. His acting, by the way, is excellent, which is a good thing since we see him in 99% of the scenes or so. The mystery clears out in the last third only, but the average ending failed at surprising me. It reminded me instead of a romanticized version of the premonition stories from the Final Destination movies, with more meaning, but without the exciting deaths.

Overall, I found the movie pretty slow, especially since it is 2 hours long. With its premonition story, The Mothman Prophecies is a good thriller, just not a masterpiece.

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