When a young nun at a cloistered abbey in Romania takes her own life, a priest with a haunted past and a novitiate on the threshold of her final vows are sent by the Vatican to investigate. Together, they uncover the order’s unholy secret. Risking not only their lives but their faith and their very souls, they confront a malevolent force in the form of a demonic nun.
There are some films that films like they are just not in the right era. The Nun feels like it was made in 2005. This isn’t exactly a compliment. A lot of things in this movie just feel very mundane and not quite reminiscent of this current era. This might be considered just an average horror flick, but because it is a part of the Conjuring universe there is an invisible standard that these films are expected to live up to. The Nun doesn’t quite live up to those expectations.
The dialogue is pretty cheesy, but more importantly this movie isn’t very scary. It seems impossible that the scariest aspect of the second conjuring movie wouldn’t be terrifying at all. This is a film that should have been incredibly scary, but it was full of generic jump scares. If jump scares are done right they can be effective, but The Nun goes about their scares in the most obvious way. Every time I’ve seen a conjuring film in theaters the audience has been completely terrified. however there wasn’t as much as a whisper when watching the Nun in a packed auditorium tonight.
There are some decent moments in the Nun, but overall the bad thoroughly outweighs the good. This is definitely disappointing, but also surprising. I had really high hopes for this one, and it definitely let me down. Hopefully this is a movie that will grow on me in the future, but sadly I fell that it won’t.