Sara (Natalie Dormer) has a sense that her twin sister Jess (also played by Dormer) is in serious trouble. Sara travels to Japan, where the last time anyone saw Jess, she was walking into the Aokigahara Forest.
The Forest is a very routine, typical horror movie. Most of the scares come from a jolt of music and something popping into view/at the camera. The characters are paper thin, and Sara shows an amazing lack of preparation for someone trying to find someone in a forest. (For example, she uses her cell phone for illumination instead of bringing a single flashlight.) Instead of tapping into the rich potential of the unexplored forest, The Forest settles for mediocrity and basic scares.
Overall grade: C
Reviewed by James Lynch