FILM REVIEW | CENSOR

A slow burner to begin with, but the deeper Censor goes the more intrigue it manages to create, with an increasingly eerie atmosphere created by this performance from Niamh Algar. Unfortunately this falls apart on the landing, not quite delivering a solid finale.





Written by Elliot Lines

Censor tells the story of Enid (Niamh Algar), a film censor, who stumbles across a familiar film that brings up her past. She then goes on to investigate what happened to her sister many years ago, but there is a thin line between reality and fiction.


To begin with Censor was quite a slow burner, not much really happens for a little while, but gradually you start to see the cracks appear in Enid's sanity. Choosing to do this at first seemed a boring choice, but once you see why this characters build up is so important, everything fits right into place. The film moves on very quickly from here, ramping up to 100 in a flash, where Enid's sanity is all but gone. Unfortunately the ending doesn't have the pay off it should, once the set-up is there the film struggles to keep afloat to complete this story.

Niamh Algar's portrayal of Enid was outstanding. The gradual build up from sane to insane comes right through in her performance, bringing to the screen a character with real determination but one that is held back by her obsession and fictional thoughts.


Set in the 80's, Censor benefits from this time period which allows it to have a dull look which director Prano Bailey-Bond uses to emphasise the moments in which Enid's sanity is descending. There is also good use of the self taped horror's, which add an extra layer to the look here, managing to slot in with ease due to Enid's job.


Censor offers a chilling final scene, which may please fans of the horror genre, largely down to Niamh Algar's performance. The slow beginning benefits the character, and the atmosphere is created through a variety of different ways throughout the film.


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