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The Glass House Review

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Sixteen year-old Ruby Baker and her younger brother are taken into care when their wealthy parents die in a car crash, but are their new guardians as kind as they seem?

★★★★

Sixteen year-old Ruby Baker (Sobieski) and her younger brother are taken into care when their wealthy parents die in a car crash, but are their new guardians as kind as they seem? Hmm Who could guess?

This film is subtle with a capital B. When the cops inform Ruby about the accident, the music swells, the visuals go woozy, she hits the floor in slow motion, a lamp crashes beside her - Okay, enough already, we get it.

To telegraph all action and emotion is often harmful to drama; in a so-called psychological thriller it is deadly. Close your eyes and the score alone would identify the motives and machinations of each character.

One would guess you're not meant to extrapolate the entire plot from the first five minutes, but in the heavy hands of TV veteran Sackheim, not only do you know, you don't care that you know. As pointless as it sounds.

As pointless as it sounds.