Sunday, April 3, 2011
The direction is top-notch: James Wan is doing his best work since the original Saw. The film isn't afraid of throwing multiple twists and spooks at the audience in quick succession--if you're freaked out, so be it. They're not taking it easy on you. It gets to the point where several members of my theater's audience were reacting to completely normal shots, like one of the house, but that was the tone of the film: fear around every corner. The cinematography is unique and seems like a good intersection between the "found footage" style of Paranormal Activity or Cloverfield and straight-up cinematography.
It's a shame the film loses itself in the mythology too much near the end of the film--it seems like at least one major scene could have been cut without the story suffering. Without that drag, this would have been a near-masterpiece horror film. As is, it's merely very good and can scare the living daylights out of you. B+
By the way, if you haven't seen the trailer for Guillermo del Toro's Don't Be Afraid of the Dark, which plays before this film, check it out, but make sure to full-screen it for full effect. And leave any comments in, y'know, the comments section!