Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Imprint (2007) PG13 - 3 Stars

Not your typical haunting, this one revolves around a native Indian reservation after a young boy is found guilty of murder than takes his own life. To me, this is more of a believable haunting as I have much respect for the beliefs and culture of our native Indian ancestors. The story does however, have a lot of gaps in it thus the 3 rating. Great casting for the mother and daughter as one would think they truly are family.

Shayla Stonefeather (Tonantzin Carmelo), is a North American Indian who's moved away from the reservation to become an attorney. One of the local Lakota boy found standing over the body of a murdered woman. It sounds like a cut and dry case and she easily gets her conviction. After the case, she heads home to the reservation to be with her mother Rebecca (Carla-Rae Holland) and ailing father Sam (Charlie White Buffalo), to celebrate his birthday. As soon as she arrives, she starts to see strange images and hears unexplained noises. As a wolf follows her every move, she anxiously looks for the right sign from the land. She must now choose between the believes of her people and her boyfriend who wants her to return to her city life.

2007 Imprint - Best Picture - American Indian Film Festival
2007 Imprint - Best Feature - South Dakota Film Festival

Linn Productions
Director: Michael Linn
Writers: Keith Davenport, Michael Linn
Producers: Michael Linn, Chris Eyre, Chris Eve
I viewed 2/09


Rowena Wade said...

Could you expand a little about the "gaps" you are speaking of? I also saw the film and completley disagee but I would like to hear your side. It made your review a little empty without an explanation why.

Thank you,

Rowena Wade

Zola's Movie Pic's said...

By gaps I guess I mean un-answered questions for me... The relationship connection between Shayla and her current boyfriend was never really explained well. Why didn't he go with her to visit? I'm not sure why the hauntings were felt so strongley in her brothers room if she found out, her father didn't do what she thought he done. (I did love the foresight of the image he drew of her at the barn). Did they find the weapon with the boys fingerprints on it and if so, does that mean he DID do it? How could they get such an easy conviction with just his standing over the body only. Was it because he was of Indian decent? Why does the car goes through the floor, what was that area used for. I did like the movie, it was just hard for me to get a connection with the characters. The closest one I felt for was the mother and her compassion and dignity for her dying husband.