Greta movie review - Aussieboyreviews


It’s definitely an intriguing and thrilling stalker movie, but it’s also quite clichéd, familiar and isn’t very smart. Greta features a young woman who is terrorised by an older woman. The film stars Chloë Grace Moretz and is a fine thriller for teens.


A young woman, Frances, is charmed by a lonely older widow, Greta, after she returns her lost bag. Soon enough, Frances is confused and horrified when Greta’s dark the secrets start spilling into her life.

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Movie details

Director: Neil Jordan
Cast: Chloë Grace Moretz, Isabelle Huppert, Maika Monroe, Zawe Ashton, Colm Feore, Stephen Rea
Writer: Ray Wright, Neil Jordan
Release Date (Australia): 28 February 2019
Runtime: 98 minutes/1h 38m
Genre: Drama, Thriller, Mystery
Country: Ireland, USA
Language: English, Hungarian, French


Themes (M)

Thematic material includes a young woman being stalked, terrorised, kidnapped and drugged by an older woman. The young woman is locked in a trunk and a man is shot and killed.

Violence (MA15+)

The film contains a scene in which a woman’s finger is severed and blood spurts are depicted. There is also a close-up depiction of the injury.

Coarse Language (PG)

The film contains infrequent coarse language, including the words “s**t”, “bitch”, “ass”, “hell” and “goddamn”.

Drug Use (PG)

The film contains a verbal drug reference to “snorting crystal meth”.

Sex (PG)

The film contains a mild verbal sexual reference, including a woman saying she will “dry hump” a man.

mpaa rating

R (for some violence and disturbing images)

Aussie boy's thoughts

This psychopathic-stalker thriller intelligently uses talented acting, but the gripping edge-of-the-seat suspense is only really formed through clichés. It’s premise is simple, ordinarily following a young woman who unintentionally gets into a somewhat-close relationship with a lonely lady, before she uncovers some twisted secrets.

Greta is a good pick for lighter fans of the psychological thriller genre. Despite the strong violent moments and the intense performances given by Chloë Grace Moretz and Isabelle Huppert, it’s very easy to keep up with the pacing and it still gives some decent thrills. Teens are also likely to find it solidly entertaining and crafted finely.

This movie does have its flaws though, made clear by the average scores. Greta may not be a predictable movie, but other psychological thrillers have used similar ideas and themes. It’s also slightly stiff-moving because its clichéd and builds the suspense slowly. Only around the last 30 minutes is especially gripping and exciting.

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