Eli movie review - Aussieboyreviews


Violent, spooky and often very captivating, this Netflix horror movie will definitely appeal to young teens. Eli is a twisted and demonic horror movie about a young boy making startling discoveries at a house he is seeking treatment at.


A young boy receiving treatment for his severe disease comes to realise that the house he is currently staying in and the doctors who are caring for him hold dark secrets that put his life at danger.

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Movie details

Director: Ciarán Foy
Cast: Charlie Shotwell, Kelly Reilly, Max Martini, Lili Taylor, Sadie Sink, Deneen Tyler, Katia Gomez
Writer: David Chirchirillo, Ian Goldberg, Richard Naing
Release Date (Australia): 18 October 2019
Runtime: 98 minutes/1h 38m
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Drama
Country: USA
Language: English

CONTENT GUIDE (warning: May contain spoilers)

Themes (MA15+)

The film frequently features horror themes and supernatural themes throughout, including people being set on fire and a child being terrorised by ghosts. There are also thematic elements such as bullying, disease and depictions of surgical procedures.

Violence (MA15+)

The film features scenes of horror violence that include bloody depictions of stabbings, a man’s face imploding and people being set on fire.

Coarse Language (M)

The film contains infrequent use of the words “f**k”, “s**t”, “bitch”, “crap” and “**shole”.

mpaa rating

R (for some horror violence/images)

Aussie boy's thoughts

This spooky, demonic and very twisted Netflix horror movie centres on one of the most well-written and convincing child performances you will see in a horror movie. The screenwriters take two of the most predictable and overused horror topics, the haunted house genre and the scary medical genre, blends them together and ships out a unique, entertaining and eerie horror film that has the guts to follow through with the third act it followed with.

Eli is directed by Ciaran Foy and has a cast made of Charlie Shotwell, Sadie Sink, Kelly Reilly, Max Martini and Lili Taylor, executing a story of a sick boy making dark discoveries in a medical facility house he is receiving treatment from, which will very likely appeal appeal to young teens. Despite violence, demonic horror themes and moderate language, it’s pretty much appropriate for teens, but the satanically twisted ending will have most parents shaking their heads.

It’ll either work horribly and ruin the whole film for you, or it will give the film a perfect twist for your liking, but either way, the film deserves some solid points for having the guts to end the way it did. Without spoiling anything, it’s especially dark and the minor twists throughout the plot leading up to this devilish third act are executed excellently.

What’s probably the best aspect of this movie is probably the lead performance from child actor Charlie Shotwell and the realistic screenwriting for his character. This isn’t a horror movie where the naive, wide-eyed children walk towards the danger, but the well-performed character will go as far as he must go until he can’t take the fear, which is highly lifelike and deserves its own discussion. One of the big flaws about the film other than the ending being suitable or not is the poor character development for the parents, but we are thankfully hidden away from the secretive doctors enough.

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