June (2015)


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If you blend The Omen, Carrie and a little childhood angst you'll get June--an indie pic that follows a young girl, who as a baby was saved during a weird cultish ritual only to grow up moving from one foster home to the next. Apparently young June has an ancient spirit inside of her thanks to the ritual and with that comes some gnarly powers, but unfortunately she has trouble controlling them. After causing a little mishap at her last family outing (an explosion at a trailer park during a public BBQ) she has now moved in with a seemingly nice middle-class family.

For the most part everything's coming up Milhouse (June!--sorry, Simpsons reference), though she'll get the occasional random outburst that causes stuff to break or fly around, but hey other than that things are peachy. Meanwhile, unbeknownst to the family, the remaining cult members have been waiting in secret to retrieve June at the right age to finish the ritual, which just happens to be very soon. 

June is an okay(ish) film that tends to be a little heavy-handed in the drama department at times, which is one of the issues I had with the flick. I personally felt that it tried a little too hard to convey some sort of deep meaning about acceptance and self identification that seemed unnecessary and out of place. It's as if the filmmakers wanted to just do a coming-of-age drama, but were pressured to do a horror flick by the studio, so they compromised. Either way, it wasn't scary at all and next to the movie's own identity crises, it's a pretty average effort that doesn't deliver anything new to the genre.

If you blend elements of The Omen, Carrie and a coming-of-age drama about self discovery then you have June. It's a mediocre film that tries to be something it's not, while at the same time offering nothing we haven't already seen. It's not a bad movie, but there's nothing about it that's really good either. It's simply an average, unoriginal, indie pic.
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If you blend elements of The Omen, Carrie and a coming-of-age drama about self discovery then you have June. It's a mediocre film that tries to be something it's not, while at the same time offering nothing we haven't already seen. It's not a bad movie, but there's nothing about it that's really good either. It's simply an average, unoriginal, indie pic.