Down a Dark Hall (PG13)
Starring Uma Thurman, AnnaSophia Robb, Isabelle Fuhrman
Directed by Rodrigo Cortés
It’s not unusual for actors to choose projects based on the location, and I suspect what drew Uma Thurman to this insipid spook-fest — based on a 1974 Lois Duncan novel — was the chance to work in the Canary Islands.
She plays the heavily-accented headmistress of Blackwood Boarding School, a Gothic mansion where delinquents, like AnnaSophia Robb’s emo arsonist, are sent to be disciplined.
Once there, the problem girls start behaving strangely, inexplicably doing remarkable things (solve complex equations, compose piano concertos) at a shockingly exponential rate. The build-up is creepy but, sadly, the big reveal is disappointingly flat, risible even. (**)
Photo: Shaw Organisation