There were some scenes which were rich in atmosphere but the whole film was widowed of new ideas on how to scare an audience. The sound effects sound cheap and tacky much like some of the visual effects they used. The obviousness of the smoke machine couldn’t be any more apparent. This film got my hopes up too high. The amount of times you think that something exhilarating would happen, you would be let down, yet again. The Nun is like being stuck in a funky club, where the DJ keeps playing the same tune over and over again.
The biggest disappointment, among all others is that it lacks a consistent story logic. It is unclear what motivates Sister Valak because at times these creatures seems to be invincible and at other times they seem to be scared off with the flick of a wrist. This has the mundane effect of immunizing us from the scares. Each actor does a fine job in their respective role but we aren’t given enough. We know that Father Burke is haunted by a past event that literally comes back to haunt him and while those do catch our attention, the emotional attachment that needs to accompany the viewing experience is lacking. Majority of the film is comprised of haphazard episodes such as Burke getting buried alive.
There were some neat connections that tie the film to the first Conjuring. However the constant sense of dread was absent and lacked the scare that movies such as the The Exorcist pack. Hardcore horror fans such as myself will be utterly disappointed to find out that this film is not nightmare-inducing. The Nun’s best character turns out to be Frenchie, played by Jonas Bloquet. Playing the farmer who discovers the dead nun in the film’s opening scene coupled with his lame one-sided flirting with Irene adds some much needed flavour. Towards the end Frenchie becomes the most endearing part of the movie. Although, the attempt to incorporate humour into Frenchie’s dialogue was a joke in itself. Personally, I am not a fan of this fusion but I can see how others might find it amusing.
The camera swings to and from the characters and when it swings back, there’s something scary behind them. And again. And again. Oh, and just to shake things up, that loud, annoying and outdated music starts playing again. You get my drift. By the tenth time this happens, you are literally praying for something to happen to make you jump out of your seat. The movie could have done so much more in every aspect that exists but unfortunately the way that everything was executed, made it a complete flop. The set is dressed as a dead end followed by the plot that is as uninvolving as it is slow moving. The dialogue is mediocre and at times becomes clunky. There is way too much promise here that goes untapped. Sadly, the scariest thing The Nun has going for it, is that it will still make money.