SHUDDER EXCLUSIVE: The Innocents (2021)

At a large Norwegian housing complex, a group of children begins to reveal their dark and mysterious powers when the adults aren’t looking. By the time anyone knows what’s happening, it just may be too late to save anyone.

Ben (Sam Ashraf) is bullied and ignored by his single mother, setting him down the path of being a serial killer as he’s already killing cats (seriously, if you love animals, you may want to avoid this).

Yet when he’s around Ida (Rakel Lenora Flottum), her autistic sister Anna (Alva Brynsmo Ramstad) and their neighbor and vitiligo sufferer Aisha (Mina Yasmin Bremseth Asheim), his already growing superpowers seem to increase. And they find themselves growing in power as well, showing signs of mind control, healing and telekinesis.

Director and writer Eskil Vogt is probably best known in the U.S. for the movie that he wrote, The Worst Person In the World. Here, the insular world of children — which can often be as cruel as it can be innocent — opens itself up to get revenge on the wrongs its been dealt on adults with no true concern for the consequences, at least in Ben’s case.

As a child, I always thought having superpowers would solve the bullying issues that I dealt with every day. Now, after watching the Innocents, I feel pretty happy that I just stayed a normal person.


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