Lily and Richard move to a luxurious and cult-like community, where Lily becomes unsettled by the transformation she observes in her older husband and in her own physiology, leading her to wonder if there's something more sinister at play.
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We don't see nearly enough horror movies like this. Were the monsters are not some cliche supernatural thing that wants to kill because reasons. No, In Amaranth the monsters are ordinary people who are afraid of death. And aren't we all? The point of Amaranth isn't to shock with gore or bizarre things. The horror of Amaranth is in how extremely normal it is. Everything about it is normal, everyday life. The question being: how far would you be willing to go to save a life you cared about. Whether that be your own life, the life of a loved one, or the life of a dear friend. How far would you go? What would you take from others to make it possible? What would you give of yourself for a chance? What would you be willing to accept? Amaranth puts all of these questions forward and shows that when the chips are down people are capable of terrible things for selfish reasons. If you're looking for stellar cinematography, or perfect acting, or crazy supernatural things, you've come to the wrong place. Amaranth is about the monsters inside us. It is about the horrors that normal people will commit out of fear and greed. Which is more terrifying than anyone really wants to acknowledge. An amazing movie, a true horror tale.
Reviewed in the United States on September 26, 2020
The Amaranth is a film I couldn't recommend overall even though the casting and performances are good. Melora Walters (Lily) is a great choice for the lead. She has a striking unique look and gave a good performance for what the plot asked of her. Jeffrey DeMuun did a great job as her husband and Christopher Denham was also really good as the creepy creep young doctor hustling immortality like a typical drug dealer. The problems start with the plot and some of the writing in key places.
I have to agree with others here. The plot is racist. Flat out. Rich white seniors have found the fountain of youth thanks to their psycho doctor but need a constant supply of fresh organs to make the process work. Those fresh organs just-so-happen to come from native people of color from around the world. Lily even comments on the high number of immigrant servants working at the luxury senior facility (who are then organ harvested). In short, old rich white people are using people of color as fodder, sacrificial lambs to feed their own immortality.
For 3/4 of the film, Lily instinctively knows Amaranth is suspect even though she doesn't know the truth of the place until near the end. Lily became pregnant thanks to orchestrations by her husband and creep doctor despite her advanced age. It looked like she was going to reject the facility outright once her baby was born but just like so many other instances when people try to play God with human life, the consequences are like a curse. Lily's miracle baby has what seems like leukemia with an outside pediatrician saying even with a bone marrow transplant that she would only live an extra year. The child looked to be 6 or maybe 7 years old when this plot device is presented. So, for the sake of her daughter, Lily falls in line with the creep show and proceeds to benefit from exploiting people of color, justified to save her kid.
The writing aspect that annoyed me to no end is that there are scenes that the supporting actors will either not answer a specific question with a clear answer, stay silent at specific questions or the question is interrupted by some outside occurrence. This was fine at the beginning of the film as it was obvious to not reveal the entire plot in the first 20 minutes. But in the middle of the film and toward the end, to still use this mechanic even after the cat was out of the bag and Lily knew what was going on was annoying.
Anyways, The Amaranth sucked. It would be easy to blow this film off as fantasy nonsense if America specifically, the world in general didn't view people of color and the poor in similar fashion as presented in this film. It's the type of thing that can make one question whether the human race deserves to survive considering the evil we do to each other.
Reviewed in the United States on September 22, 2020
Yet another racist movie that is approved by the masses. Racist means hatred or bias against a race. ANY bloody race...!!!!
I am so SICK of this already, truly. Too BAD if this offends the sensitivity filter, it NEEDS to be said. Another version of Get Out, which is so racist it offended my DIL, who just HAPPENS to be biracial. Her children do NOT need more hatred shoved down their throats: It's a poisonous diet, and we are NOT going to be bullied into some Box of Hatred because it's the new social thing to do. Jim Crowe is in full effect, people. Just too blind to see it.
Reviewed in the United States on September 17, 2020
I give The Amaranth 3 solid stars for the science fiction and horror originality. Good acting by the leading roles,the cinematography and editing meshed well with some surprises throughout the film. At times I pitied the retirees as it seemed like they were mentally trapped in this grotesque community. Even though the main couple could've left at anytime even after finding out what really was going on with young "Dr Frankenstein" the elderly husband turns a blind eye and why wouldn't he? Thanks to The Amaranth and their very illegal and unorthodox ways of keeping the rich young by getting rid of the hired help which consists of very kind, hard-working but poor desperate minorities and lots of special little yellow pills! They all have a new lease on life it seems for now,they feel young,the have their libido and power back while still keeping their pockets full but alas,it's never enough,it will never be enough.. The gift the husband gave or rather helped give to his wife doesn't exactly turn out the way he had intended especially near the conclusion.
My reason for not giving this 4 stars was the conclusion and at times the plot felt a bit dry and boring but it held my attention. The ending felt rather rushed I wish I could've seen what really happened to the couple but I guess I can imagine things didn't exactly turn out the way they had intended them to or maybe they did?
Reviewed in the United States on September 9, 2020
The movie is sort of awful in that it uses humans body parts in exchange for financial gain. The money is sent to the donators family and the donatee no longer exists. It's a bit of body snatchers without the alien element. I felt sad for the employees and was surprised by the ending.