By Gabrielle Malcolm
And what a misleading title and package for this movie. Cooper is only the fourth- or fifth-most important star. There are no ominous flocks of birds or dripping blood. There's no real horror--certainly no "ancient horror [that] has awoken." The movie is more like a historical mystery with a bit of suspense and action.
Moreover, the "American Evil" is more like the evil committed by one corrupt priest. The rest of America is indicted by implication, but it's not primarily about the nation's crimes against humanity. It's a personal story about the evils done to a handful of Native children.
All in all, the title and packaging are incredibly misleading. I don't know if this version will sell better, but the changes amount to false advertising.
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