Ils a.k.a. Them – 2006

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I’m a big fan of French cinema and this kind of movie will show you why… attention to detail, natural acting and not afraid to divert from the mainstream. It builds beautifully, is directed by two craftsmen, David Moreau and Xavier Palud in their art and the performances from the two main actors are very natural and just excellent. 


Ils or also known as them in the US, is about Lucas and Clementine as they  live peacefully in their isolIated country house, but one night they wake up to strange noise… they’re not alone… and a group of hooded assailants begin to terrorize them throughout the night.


Tense as hell …but in the end you realize this is something you’ll only watch once or perhaps twice. It’s a perfect cinema experience however.


The sound work works really well in a theater. There is clearly a very eager and talented sound designer and editor responsible for creating most of the tension. Every single creak and footstep is perfectly placed for the best scares. The plot is the “weakest” part, but it’s nothing you’ll care about. The best thing is that it mercifully steers clear of all “jump” scenes we know and hate from American scary movies.


After the first act, lightning starts to come in more and more and almost replaces sound as the tension-maker. This is also done extremely well. Actually, this is probably one of the most well- made horror movies in a long time. Everything plays out perfectly; lightning, sound, camera-work(modern, but not annoyingly so) editing and cinematography.

Definitely worth watching for the technical aspects alone, but more so for the tension and the scares.

While I would never classify “Them” as science fiction in the least, it is definitely a keep-you-on-the-edge-of-your-seat thriller, but one tastefully made without gratuitous violence or gore.


Based on a true life story, this film speaks to the banality of violence, and the essence of fear. I’ve seen plenty of gripping thrillers, but this one kept me squirming and shielding my eyes for a full hour, with an ending that leaves you stunned. Speaking no French or Romanian and having seen it with English sub-titles, I cannot attest to the value of the script. The performances, however, seem solid and the film is expertly shot and musically scored – all these elements add to the power of the film.


I have to say i really enjoyed it. With a run time of only 77mins and less then 50 votes here, it’s far beyond my expectation.And after watching Ils, i wonder whether this is exactly how long a horror/thriller movie should be.

The setting and excellent score remind me of High Tension, but it turns out to be a even better one. At least higher efficiency in only 77mins, no gratuitous sex violence or gore, all are set to create the breathtaking atmosphere.

Like some other audience, I supposed ‘they’ had to be aliens and this movie should be a sci-fi before seeing the ending which is short,but reasonable enough,and quite impressive.

Low budget horror at its best.

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