Movie review: Moody teens inhabit slow-moving ‘Innocence’

First Published Sep 04 2014 03:02PM      Last Updated Oct 03 2014 02:18 pm

If your problem with the "Twilight" movie saga was that it was too exciting and not brooding enough, then the teen supernatural drama "Innocence" is for you.

Beckett (Sophie Curtis) and her author dad (Linus Roache) leave Montauk after her mom ("Real Housewives" star Kelly Bensimon) dies in a surfing accident. Landing in New York, Beckett enrolls in a fancy Manhattan prep school, where she comes under the attention of the school nurse, the bewitching Pamela (Kelly Reilly). Pamela keeps a close eye on Beckett and starts making time with Dad, too. When a classmate (Chloe Levine) commits suicide, Beckett starts having troubling visions and starts to suspect something sinister going on at the school.

Director Hilary Brougher (whose melodrama "Stephanie Daley" debuted at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival) and co-writer Tristine Skyler, adapting Jane Mendelsohn’s novel, take forever getting to what little point the movie has, squandering most of the running time with moody camera angles and emo-music montages of Beckett with her semi-boyfriend Tobey (Graham Phillips). The ending is a howler, but one wishes some of its crazy energy were expended sooner.

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Opens Friday, Sept. 5, at area theaters; rated PG-13 for some violence and bloody images, thematic material, sexuality and drug content — all involving teens; 94 minutes.