Steven is a troubled kid from Maine being sent to boarding school. While his father, Richard Portman, is driving him there, they get into a bad argument, and the car swerves into oncoming traffic, killing Richard and putting Steven in a vegetative state. Six months later, Richard’s second wife and Steven’s stepmother, Mary, is taking care of his every need. Mary is a psychologist who works from home with children and adolescents. She is upset to learn that one of her patients, a deaf child named Tom, is to be transferred to a school in Boston. Later, Mary discusses Steven with her therapist, Dr. Wilson. While she feels guilty, she has decided to put Steven in a home to be cared for because he is no longer there and is just a body..
User Reviews: Shut In is a rather predictable thriller that treads a well worn path.
That’s not to say this is a poor film, its just that this concept has been recycled so many times, its become rather obvious whats happening and where its going.
Naomi Watts hands in a decent effort in the lead role and indeed, the cast in general hand in competent performances. The tension builds nicely but I felt, the reveal was too sudden and robbed the film of much of the scare factor that had been built up to that point.
The actions of the key character also seem a bit absurd at times as does the overall concept, which stretches credulity to a degree.
In short, not a bad film if you like a few scares but regrettably nothing terribly special either. Six out of ten from me.