Offering To The Storm Review: Intense and gripping
Aparnna Hajirnis -
Amaia investigates several suspicious infant deaths and horrific rituals. Meanwhile, people around her risk grave danger. Part 3 in the Baztan Trilogy.
CLICK TO STREAM Format: Film Platform: Netflix Movie Rated: 18+ Genre: Crime, Suspense Language: Spanish Digital Premiere Date: 24 July 2020
What is it about? Offering to the storm is the third and final instalment in the Baztán Trilogy, the earlier instalments being The Invisible Guardian and The Legacy of the Bones. The movie opens with a murder and someone steals the dead body from the funeral and we are presented with a chase sequence. This is only the beginning as the plot thickens, we are introduced to a lot of witchcraft, demons, infant killings, and a lot of unfolding of sinister events.
The movie like its predecessors has a lot of bloodshed and gore, which is to be expected. After all, this is the third movie in a trilogy that has focused on murder and cults from the very beginning. The Baztan trilogy is fascinating in many ways. What I liked most was the fact that how the female Amaia, is an FBI agent, who has a stay-at-home husband and who looks after their child. The role reversal and the gender equality was on point in this outing. Apart from that this is your average thrilling and horror flick, that is so intense that it keeps you on the edge of your seat.
Performances and other departments
Leonardo Sbaraglia, Marta Etura, Álvaro Cervantes have all done decent job in playing their parts. Fernando González Molina's ambitious thriller does complete justice to the previous movies and to the books.
The music is gripping and tense which alludes to the tension and the eeriness in the film.
The movie has several spine-chilling plots, especially the ones with the infants dying in the crib, which will really unsettle you and make you squirm. Also, one of the main aspects of this film is that even though it is a part of a trilogy, it is still a standalone film, so you don't really need to see the previous films to understand this one.
The movies fall prey to the overdramatizing of the plot. The lead is shown crying and wailing at several crucial junctures in the film, which was frankly a bit putting off. Also, at 2 hours and 30 minutes, the movie is way too long and can become really boring to sit through.
Did I Enjoy It?
For someone who enjoys reading and watching on paganism, occult sciences, folklore and cults, this can be a wonderful watch. It has enough material to keep you glued to your Netflix screens, but we wish it was shorter by 30 minutes at least.