Review: Fear of Rain (2021)

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“Fear of Rain” is a psychological thriller that will have you on the edge of your seat from start to finish.

Director: Castille Landon

Cast: Madison Iseman, Katherine Heigl, Harry Connick Jr, Israel Broussard, Eugenie Bondurant, Enuka Okuma, and Julia Vasi.

Synopsis: The iconic actors, Katherine Heigl and Harry Connick Jr, star in this pressing drama as the parents of Rain, a teenager suffering from early-onset schizophrenia. As she experiences vivid hallucinations, it’s difficult for Rain and her parents to navigate daily life as it is, let alone when she meets Caleb, a charming high school boy. However, when she suspects her neighbor has kidnapped a child, it becomes even harder to discern what’s real and what’s not.

Review: Next to such big stars like Katherine Heigl and Harry Connick Jr, you’d think that Madison Iseman would be left in their shadows even as the role of the main character. However, Iseman’s impressive performance as a schizophrenic teenager is so convincing it will have you questioning her mental health in reality. This movie truly takes you into the mind of a person society would deem as “crazy.” But, once you truly get to know Rain, you will realize that she is truly just like any other teenager. However, she’s a teenager with a very curious mind and she can’t help but shake the feeling that her neighbor is up to no good. While she battles her parent’s disapproval and harsh high school drama, she welcomes the help of Caleb in investigating what is truly going in on her neighbor’s attic.

Castille Landon’s unique camera angles and realistic portrayal of Rain’s hallucinations contribute greatly to the thriller genre this film is categorized as. Not to mention, towards the end, a climatic plot-twist occurs that will have you rethinking the whole movie. Personally, psychological thrillers are my favorite type of movie. Therefore, I had high expectations for suspenseful and mind-twisting scenes. This film includes these things and much more, including aspects of horror, romance, and mystery. While this movie might not be for the faint of heart, it certainly suits well for those who find joy in movies like Joker, Escape Room, or A Quiet Place.

I would recommend this movie for a sleepover with friends, although it might leave you up all night questioning your own sanity. This would also work for a binge session with your dog or cat, so at least you have some sense of comfort. Whatever it may be, grab your snacks and a blanket because this one’s interesting. While it’s not available for streaming services anytime soon, it is available in open theaters near you and for rent on Amazon Prime, Redbox, or Apple TV. Wherever you are or whoever you’re with, be prepared to endure a suspenseful and beautiful film that will leave you wanting more.

Ranking: 9.5/10; The ending wasn’t quite a cliffhanger, but it truly left the interpretation up to the viewer.