‘The Whole Truth’ is a Thai supernatural mystery thriller film now streaming on Netflix. Directed by Wisit Sasanatieng, the film follows two siblings who uncover some sinister secrets about their family once they start living with their grandparents after their mother had an accident.
The film has all the flavors of a typical Asian horror film and no wonder many of the films try to implement the same experience we had in films like The Ring, and The Grudge series with heavy reference to folklores, ghosts, and gore. However, only a very few succeed in this. Let’s get to the story before we deliver our review of the film.
Story of ‘The Whole Truth’
We are introduced to a happy family of three: a working mother and her two school-going kids, Pim and Putt. When the mother ends up in a state of coma after a car accident, they both for the first time learn that they have grandparents. Strange it may sound; they are now forced to live with their estranged grandparents in a house that soon starts revealing some disturbing secrets. In fact, there is a mysterious hole in the wall of the house that shows a dark room with ghostly happenings on the other side of the wall.
In the beginning, “The Whole Truth” seems to have an interesting tale with a few twists. However, the film is too long, and performances are not up to the mark, particularly those of grandparents who are not convincing enough. While the first half of the film was very engaging, towards the later part it was boring as the screenplay had nothing to elevate the characters.
For the scare part, while the whole setup was great in the beginning, whatever behind the wall was not scary at all. Once the suspense was revealed when Pim and Putt started peeping through the hole, the storytelling goes downhill without much excitement. At some point, we can sense that the makers try to bring in multiple genres. This further complicates an otherwise simple plot.
At least, there could have been some effort to make the characters likable that could have made the whole experience engaging. Overall, the film is not all bad but it’s rather mediocre in execution. There is neither much thrill nor scare that we usually expect in horror movies. Nevertheless, for anyone who loves Asian horror movies, you may give it a try, and share your views in the comment section below.
‘The Whole Truth’ – Now Streaming on Netflix
Genre: Thriller, Horror, Supernatural
Starring: Sutatta Udomsilp, Nattapat Nimjirawat, Sompob Benjathikul, Tarika Tidatith, Nicole Theriault, Sadanont Durongkhaweroj, Keetapat Pongruea, Thasorn Klinnium, Steven Isarapong Fuhrer, Atichart Lee, Ronnaporn Kanivichaporn, and Chalita Mangkornpunt.
Directed by: Wisit Sasanatieng
Written by: Abishek J. Bajaj
Release Date/Year: December 02, 2021
Running Time: 125 minutes
Streaming Platform: Netflix