Tuesday, September 16, 2008


So what is this one about?
Once again Netflix helps me with the description. They say,
This creepy supernatural thriller from director Alexandre Aja stars Kiefer Sutherland as troubled security guard Ben Carson, who discovers malevolent spirits living within the mirrors of a fire-ravaged department store. When their murderous nature comes to light, Ben turns to his estranged wife (Paula Patton) to help him save their family -- and himself. The supporting cast includes Amy Smart and Jason Flemyng.
So, there you go.

And how much did I pay to watch?
It cost $10.25. I made a mental note to remember how much it cost, since I seem to forget how much every movie I see in the theatre costs. Whoops.

And what did I think?
Well, I guess I am a sucker for horror movies. Most previews that look even somewhat scary I will see. Now, I may not see them in the theatre, but I will see them sometime (like Prom Night, the Strangers, Wind Chill, etc). I saw this one in the theatre because I was sick of being at home bored out of my mind all the time. (Which I suppose happens when you don't have a job or any prospects...)

So anyway, this was better and worse than I thought it would be. Worse because it was kind of confusing, but better because it seemed well thought out and thorough, like it wasn't just some shit that a 21 year old slapped together.

I was never really scared, and I can't remember that there was much build up of suspense--in fact, now that I think about it I think the preview may have been scarier than the actual movie--but some of the scenes with the killings were awesome! So I've got to give those credit.

I've also got to give lots of credit to the filmmakers for the end of the movie. I liked the ending. Kudos on not making it a perfectly happy ending. In fact, it wasn't really that happy at all, and as we all know, I love it when that happens.

Lastly, the acting was pretty good, and the actors were good. Amy Smart and, of course, Kiefer Sutherland were in it. Also, Jen's grandmother from Dawson's Creek was in it. AWESOME!

So what is the rating? (out of 10)
Well, it was fine. Entertaining enough, the sets were pretty, the deaths were awesome, and the movie wasn't completely brain dead. For a modern horror movie I feel like this is all I could hope to expect.

It was definitely average, but I will give it a 6, because it was better than I expected.

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