What is it about Hamilton makes kids want to kill themselves?
If a movie is crisp and well-lit, I'll forgive it almost anything. Innocence (2014) is a perfect example. Beckett (Sophie Curtis) is dealing with the sudden death of her mother. She's moved into New York City and starting up at a new school, Hamilton, which is inexplicably run by a group of handsome, young women. Handsome, young, creepy women. Chief creep among them is the nurse, Pamela (Kelly Reilly), who doles out the meds and slowly takes the role of Beckett's mother figure, including dating her widowed father. But a series of suicides and persistent hallucination makes Beckett suspicious of just what's going on at Hamilton exactly. I'm not sure if Beckett isn't too oblivious or lethargic to go Nancy Drewing around New York City.
Innocence is very like a Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode with its school setting, generalized supernatural storyline, and a Sarah Michelle Gellar stand-in. Similar to a Buffy episode, the mythology is a little vague and the resolution will probably present itself towards the end and adhere to our intuitive sense of how these things are sorted out--say something, stab something, stop something before the mood does something else. Innocence does add an unrelenting sense of homoeroticism which was interesting. Then there was the moral of the story, which I took to be: lose your virginity and then blood sucking witches won't have any use for you. But I will say, the movie did look really good and if the production were worse, then the script from Hilary Brougher (also director) and Tristine Skyler might not have gotten the kind of relaxed critique that made this movie not entirely laughable.
"Innocence" is on sale March 3, 2015 and is rated PG13. Horror. Directed by Hilary Brougher. Written by Hilary Brougher, Tristine Skyler. Starring Kelly Reilly, Sophie Curtis.