Sydney Sweeney in 'Immaculate' : Original or Copy?

The star of the film is the popular Sydney Sweeney, but the film did not live up to expectations, mainly due to the over-reliance on some outdated clichés from horror films

by Sededin Dedovic
Sydney Sweeney in 'Immaculate' : Original or Copy?
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Immaculate is a movie title that relies heavily on the star power of its lead, Sydney Sweeney. It's safe to say that many viewers will remember this movie as "that horror movie starring Sydney Sweeney," given her growing popularity.

Her rise in the world of acting began in 2018, standing out in series like "The Handmaid's Tale" and "Everything Sucks!", but to most viewers, she became better known for her recent roles in "Euphoria," "White Lotus," and the disastrous "Madame Web." Sweeney has become extremely relevant not only because of her television roles but also thanks to her activities on social networks, where there are constant discussions about the reasons for her success.

The premise of "Innocent" takes elements from some of the best horror movies of all time, like "Rosemary's Baby" or "The Omen." This is especially felt in the last 15 minutes of the film, which are relentless but fantastic.

Sydney Sweeney could easily win the title of modern scream queen with her performance. Unfortunately, with the exception of the film's finale, "Innocent" lacks courage and determination, which in horror titles is mostly felt in lazy scares and weak characterization of characters that serve only as a mere means of pushing the plot.

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As a horror film, Immaculate even has a solid premise on paper, but everything else it does prevents it from even remaining in the memories of those who watched it.

From the various shots to the acting, I'll go over everything this movie does and doesn't do well. Finally, if you haven't seen the movie but you've read this and consciously decided that you're better off spending an hour and a half watching this movie, then go ahead.

The very beginning of the film does not inspire hope for something original. A nun tries to escape from the convent, but to no avail. After that, Cecilia (Sydney Sweeney), a nun from America, comes to Italy to find her new "family" in that convent.

And as it usually goes, she discovers a terrible secret that will change her life forever. Cecilia quickly realizes that not only order, work, and religious discipline reign in the monastery but also ominous secrecy, which is especially evident at night.

The depictions of night terrors in the convent are by far the weakest part of the film and are too reminiscent of some failed projects like "The Nun." If Mohan already wanted to take something from the "Conjuring" franchise, it should certainly have been a deeper development of the characters, which are chronically lacking here.

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Fortunately, the well-worn cliché of the haunted convent is given a nice change by Cecilia's sudden pregnancy. The appalled and shocked Cecilia is soon accepted by the whole convent as a blessed woman, and Sal (Álvaro Morte), a converted priest with a degree in genetics, becomes the biggest supporter of the Immaculate Conception.

The bizarre situation becomes very dangerous once Cecilia realizes that her pregnancy will take place entirely within the dreary walls of the convent, without any contact with the outside world, especially not doctors or hospitals.

Lonely, frightened, and in increasingly poor health, Cecilia will have to fight for control over her own body but also her endangered life.

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The idea of a young woman unable to control the course and outcome of her pregnancy is unequivocally taken from Roman Polanski's iconic 1968 film, "Rosemary's Baby." In addition, there are connotations with the original "Omen" from 1976.

With regard to socio-political events, the issue of women's rights during pregnancy is extremely topical, and "Bezgrešna" sends an unequivocal message that will be controversial for some. However, the clear and framed message that the film sends is diminished by a weak introduction and a poor screenplay.

From the main character who acts as if horror movies don't exist and wanders the dark corridors with one candle or no light at all, to the lamp that stops working at the moments when it is most needed. Also, jump scares. There are few, so that's a positive thing, especially in a movie that acts like it wants to be supernatural, but it's not.

And that should be a good thing, that the film managed not to have demons and ghosts in the plot, but that everything is a matter of fanatical Christians. But the plot and reliance on horror tropes took their toll and most likely made people forget about the movie after a week.

Except for the already mentioned ending, which is really so good that it practically drags out the whole movie, a very unconvincing movie.