A mother and daughter driving home at night are involved in a row when something in the road causes them to crash in to a lamp post. But as the mum tries to fix the car something happens and the mum disappears and the daughter is attacked in the car as heavy rain beats down. Clementine (Olivia Bonamy) driving home after teaching at school sees their car being picked up by a recovery van as it is not far from the home she shares with boyfriend Lucas (Michaël Cohen). But at their home, late one night strange things begin to happen as they find themselves being terrorized by....
I am going to keep this review down to two points starting with "Ils - Them" being a French movie with of course means subtitles for those of us who can barely remember any of the French they learnt in school. But being a foreign language movie forces you to concentrate harder on what is going on and so that makes the frights more powerful because you are paying such close attention.
But secondly you will find yourself not only questioning why the build up with the mother and daughter but that everything about "Ils - Them" seems so derivative. The remote house down a long lane , things which go bump in the night, the phone calls where no one is on the other end and of course people doing daft things when they find themselves scared at night, yes do go outdoors where danger may be. But then I have to say that whilst there is no denying that "Ils - Them" is derivative it works well and you then get surprise ending as to who them are.
What this all boils down to is that "Ils - Them" is not going to be for everyone as it is derivative and a foreign language movie but for those who enjoy to stretch their boundaries and are willing to persevere with what seems like cliche will find the end of "Ils - Them" rewarding for their effort.