A follow up to The Shining by Stephen King. Young Danny Torrance has grown into an adult Obi Wan Kenobi- I mean, Ewan McGregor, and put the horrifying events or his childhood at the Overlook Hotel with his insane dad Jack from 40 years earlier behind him. Well, sort of.
Dan takes job as orderly with hospice patients, and rediscovers his inner “shining.” He teams up with a young girl, Abra Stone (Kyliegh Curran) who also possesses the gift. And together they set out to stop a group of weirdos called the True Knot, led by the beautiful Rose the Hat (Rebecca Ferguson) who kill gifted kids and suck their spirit and shine from them like addicts snorting cocaine. It keeps them immortal. At least until 13-year old Abra (cadabra! Oddly enough, Abra loves magic tricks! How ironic!) shows up to ruin the party.
The novel was very good (I am a huge King fan) but a bit hard to follow, whereas the movie is very easy to keep up with, especially if you remember the events of the Shining film. Dan and Abra end up back at the long-abandoned Overlook hotel, where they will encounter ghosts from the past and have a final showdown with Rose in an action-packed finale. Good stuff.
-Michael Buffalo Smith