Maybe a psychological variant on a picture like Disturbia can be more appreciated for its characterizations than how its set-up unfolds.
Fear of Rain stars Madison Iserman, Israel Broussard, Katherine Heigl and Harry Connick, Jr.
The narrative from director Castille Landon is predicated on what has befallen the titular schizophrenic adolescent played by Iserman who has appeared in the horror genre in Annabelle Comes Home.
Here, in Landon’s hands, care is handled when it comes to mental illness with the estranged protagonist sensing potential harm to a child in the attic of a teacher and net-door neighbor Dani 9an eerily refined Eugenie Bondurant).
Wanting to prevent a similar experience to herself in the woods causes skepticism from her dad (Connick, Jr. ) when that troubling event turned out to be a figment of the imagination.
She’s become a pariah with her crowd and seeks help from a classmate named Caleb (a likable Broussard) whose being happens to be hard to corroborate. Can she prove (at least to her parents) by looking into Dani’s extracurricular activity that she isn’t falling prey to visions and voices this time by saving a missing child?
The production brings some vitality to its Florida setting akin to the Kate Hudson vehicle The Skeleton Key where ‘hoodoo’ encroached the
Gothic and verdant environs. With diary passages appearing on screen, an attempt to build wrenching mystery too often is a pretty easily forecasted abduction of an involving, traumatized teen.
An honest, associative portrait by Iserman is more convincing than how instructive the filmmaking is about a diagnosis or how taut the chills and twists manufacture themselves in a hasty denouement. This Rain is plagued and less darkly layered by trying to conform into trappings precipitated more by a bothersome fear.