Thursday, January 28, 2010

What You Should Have Seen #2

Before we begin, I have to say that I haven’t seen the original 1972 film that this is a remake of, so I can’t compare the two.

This is a brutal movie. It’s not a feel-good movie, a jump-in-your-lover’s-arms horror movie, or a gratifying suspense thriller. It’s also not torture porn. This isn’t Saw or Touristas or Hostel. It’s a movie about a few brutal people, an act they commit, and the consequences they face.

I have a hard time recommending this movie. Not because it isn’t good. The acting is superb. Garret Dillahunt is an excellent bad guy. I knew him as Cromartie from Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, but he’s had some smallish roles in other shows (Life, ER, The 4400) over the past decade or so. He plays his role in the movie to perfection.

The pacing is also excellent. The brunt of the movie takes place over the better part of a day, and there’s no lingering for too long on one scene. Everything happens somewhat quickly, but naturally. From the motel room, to the attack in the woods, to the events in the house, it just flows.

I guess my main problem is there’s no satisfaction. No matter the outcome, there’s no coming back from this. There’s no happy ending, no hope for happiness. I guess I’m looking at it from a parent’s point-of-view. It was just pretty hard to watch during a few places.

So if you’re going to watch it, just go into it knowing this: this is a brutal movie.

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