Censor is kind of a odd movie, in a refreshing and interesting way. It’s slow, but gives you enough story and character to keep you wanting to keep watching. It does drag at times, but it doesn’t over stay it’s welcome with a short running time of just under 90 minutes. Something Zack Snyder should look into.
The most interesting aspect of Censor to me is the back drop. It takes place in the UK during the 80s. Apparently at the time, they had what was referred to as the video nasties. I had no idea this was a thing, being from the US and and a kid in the 80s. Basically they used fear mongering as an excuse to ban video or at the very least heavily censor them. That’s what you get for not having a first amendment UK.
Censor is about a woman named Enid Baines, played by Niamh Algar. She works for a company that censors brutal horror films or out right bans them. I bet this line of work was a goldmine at the time. She’s a shy and tepid woman that seems to take her work very seriously, maybe too seriously.
When you have a character like this, you’re walking a thin line. It’s very easy for this kind of character to come off boring and wooden. However, when done right you can tell it’s the character and not the actor.
Basically it’s the difference between Kristen Stewart’s acting and someone acting like Kristen Stewart. Algar does a great job and it matches the tone of the movie. Like I said before, it’s a slow burn.
The plot never holds your hand, but if you pay close attention, it gives you the information you need and there’s plenty of foreshadowing. That being said, there’s time the movie focuses on notes written on paper. I found them impossible to read, but maybe that’s just me going blind. Maybe something to pay attention to.
I think it’s a movie that new things are found on repeat viewing probably. I’ve only saw it this one time, but going by some of the foreshadowing, I bet there’s more in there. That and the fact the movie sticks with you and makes you think when it’s over.
We learn through events that Enid had a sister (or maybe still does?). Apparently she went missing some 10 years or so ago. The movie never really lets on to what happens, but that’s all done on purpose and what makes the story fascinating.
Enid starts becoming more obsessed with her sister’s disappearance after her parents officially claim she’s dead. That and one of the movies she watches takes place in the woods with two young girls, much like what happen when she saw her sister last.
She starts thinking the woman in some of these horror movies might actually be her sister, which amplifies her obsession. She starts to seek out answers all while her mind seems to keep slipping away.
Her obsession starts to spiral out of control and her mentality begins to decay. That’s also where this movie really shines. It starts to blend reality and fantasy. What is real in her life and what’s just happening in her mind, much like the horrible slasher movies she pours over in her job.
The movie starts out clear when we’re seeing reality and when we’re seeing her memories with different tones of lighting. However it gets to the point that both “reality” and her memories look exactly the same. Again, making us question what’s really happening.
Censor makes you question what’s suppose to be real and what isn’t. It leaves it all ambiguous to the viewer. I love when movies do this, because it gives us something to talk about after watching it. It makes it stick with us longer than end credits roll. If you like movies that shakes up a person’s mentality, you’ll probably like this.