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‘Son’ review: Sinister thriller about cults faithfully follows formula

He is coming.

Son starts off at a frenetic pace. A car speeds through the pouring rain as an “End is nigh!” sermon blares over the radio. Laura (Andi Matichak) and her infant son David (Luke David Blumm) are on the run. Years later, the past has caught up with them and Laura soon must decide how far she is willing to to go to protect her son.

The opening sets a tone that never goes away. The film is a tense story about a single mother out to protect her child. No one can be trusted and the audience will be met on their toes the entire time. Son takes full advantage of its run time. The plot is constantly moving forward and there is no wasted motion. Every scene adds to the greater mystery. At times, it can be a little too predictable, but this does lead to expectations being satisfied.

This does lead to the question of how much can a story follow a formula before it is too derivative? Son is filled with the expected tropes; the jump scares, romantic subplot, and sudden screams are all found. Director Ivan Kavanagh is able to make it work due to the film’s tight execution. The familiar moments are there to support the movie, not to drive it.

Son is filled with plenty of blood and guts moments. These moments are made more impactful due to some disgusting sound effects. Matichak also does a great job. Laura is more than just the frightened mother on the run. There is a layer of trauma to the character that adds to the film. Everything comes together for a familiar and entertaining horror movie.

Son releases in theaters, digital, and On Demand March 5

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