When I first saw a glimpse of the poster and the name Eclipse, I kind of brushed it off thinking it was just another installment of Twilight. It turns out this one is as far away from the teen vampire flick as it comes, thank goodness! The only thing it has in common is the supernatural theme, which in the case of The Eclipse, it looks like more of a psychological thriller than a out-and-out horror flick.
Here’s the full synopsis: THE ECLIPSE tells the story of Michael Farr (Ciarán Hinds), a teacher raising his two kids alone since his wife died two years earlier. Lately he has been seeing and hearing strange things late at night in his house. He isn’t sure if he is simply having terrifying nightmares or if his house is haunted. Each year, the seaside town where Michael lives hosts an international literary festival, attracting writers from all over the world. Michael works as a volunteer for the festival and is assigned the attractive Lena Morelle (Iben Hjejle), an author of books about ghosts and the supernatural, to look after. They become friendly and he eagerly tells her of his experiences. For the first time he has met someone who can accept the reality of what has been happening to him. However, Lena’s attention is pulled elsewhere. She has come to the festival at the bidding of world-renowned novelist Nicholas Holden (Aidan Quinn), with whom she had a brief affair the previous year. He has fallen in love with Lena and is going through a turbulent time, eager to leave his wife to be with her. But all Lena is trying to do is extricate herself from this mess and just get through the next few days. As the festival progresses, the trajectories of these three people draw them into a life-altering collision. Embellished by the supernatural, THE ECLIPSE is a film about the challenges of love, fear of the unknown and release from the burden of grief.
Irish actor Ciarán Hinds won Best Actor award at Tribeca Film Festival last year. He first caught my eye in The Phantom of the Opera, but he’s the kind of chameleon-like character actor like Mark Strong who’s actually been in many movies I’ve seen before. In fact, he’s always delivered solid performances in films like Veronica Guerin, Munich, Miami Vice, There Will Be Blood and Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day. Not to mention his outstanding portrayal of Julius Caesar in HBO’s Rome. His death scene in that miniseries really gave me the chills.
The actress looks so familiar to me I swore I’ve seen her in something recently. Sure enough, Danish actress Iben Hjejle was John Cusack’s girlfriend Laura in High Fidelity. I haven’t seen Aidan Quinn in anything since Legends of the Fall, but he’s apparently been keeping busy in a variety of movies and TV work.
The trailer looks really spooky and intriguing, the seaside Irish town location adds to the eerie and somber tone that’s perfect for the story. According to FirstShowing, Magnolia Films is bringing the movie to theaters starting March 26th.