Director: Michael G. Bartlett
Cast: Clint James, J. Michael Trautmann, Dana Melanie
Production Company: Aunt Max Entertainment
Runtime: 96 minutes
Here’s a movie I almost allowed to slip past me. Treehouse (2014) appears to be a horror movie about kids lost in the woods, but it’s a lot more than that. Actually, the title of the movie is a little misleading. I was pleasantly surprised by all the twists, and the engrossing characters.
In the movie, a pair of siblings go missing, and the authorities have reason to suspect foul play. A curfew is placed on the residents of the town, but two young brothers decide to sneak out. They soon discover an old treehouse in the woods, where an injured girl is hiding from her tormentors.
The two brothers are played by J. Michael Trautmann and Daniel Fredrick, and are very convincing as siblings. They have a believable relationship on screen that is very natural. They protect each other, make jokes, and tease each other at times, but always in a good-natured way.
That’s one of the things I really enjoyed about this film. The main characters are all very likeable. In fact, the injured girl in the treehouse also works well with the two brothers. She’s played by Dana Melanie, and is another sympathetic character for whom it’s easy to cheer.
The characters are secluded, and in a desperate situation. Their survival depends entirely on them working together against a common enemy. In many ways, this film is a coming-of-age story. The main cast members grow as people, while they fight for their lives.
The antagonists are shrouded in mystery for most of the film. For the longest time, I wasn’t sure who, or what, the heroes were up against. I enjoyed being left in the dark for a while, and appreciated that I couldn’t just guess what was going to happen.
One of my favourite scenes involves characters conversing frantically on a walkie-talkie. We never see some of these characters, but we can hear what they’re going through. This added to the on-going mystery surrounding the antagonists, and left something to the viewer’s imagination.
Treehouse is driven forward by characters that you will actually care about. There were a lot of good moments in the film that I consciously did not bring up here to avoid spoilers. This movie deserves my most hearty recommendation…
– John Migliore
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