The Glass House
WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Following the untimely death of their parents, two kids are whisked away into the care of the Glass family. At first, everyone is happy-go-lucky and attempts are made to be a "family", but it isn't long before the Glasses start acting peculiar with the kids, and the kids, in turn, become suspicious of the Glasses. Oh yeah...and they live in a glass house too!
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
I remember seeing this at the movie theatres when it first came out and thinking that it was boring. When I got the DVD, for some reason, I was really looking forward to it. I quickly began to realize why I had found it boring in the first place: it’s boring! You watch this film and keep waiting for some great thing to happen, for one of the crazy Glasses to completely lose it and to fly off the handle. But it never happens. The Glasses are creepy but nothing more, the kids are cold and lack personality, the plot takes a few very expected twists and the cool settings aren’t exploited as well as they could. Basically, it doesn’t deliver any real thrills or scares, and manages to unleash only a little bit of tension at times.
Skarsgard and Lane are pretty entertaining as Terry and Erin Glass, and Sobieski puts on a decent performance as Ruby, but the supporting cast isn’t really given an opportunity to do what they can and make only intermittent appearances at convenient times in the picture. The most convenient appearance is when Leelee puts on a bikini and shows us what her Sobieskis are all about. If you see the deranged look on Skargard’s face when he sees Leelee’s boobies, that’s pretty much the same one that I had watching them too. It was one of the very few bright (and I mean bright!) spots (and I mean spots!) in the movie (and I mean… ahh… maybe I should shut up…)
This DVD contains one of the worst commentary tracks I’ve heard in a while. Director Sackheim and writer Wesley Strick put on one of the most pretentious performances while discussing the writing of the movie while on Hawaiian vacation: the “state of mind” of the characters, the “palette of colors” used to convey the different moods of the movie, and pretty much just drool over the movie...yuck. There are also a couple of deleted scenes, which are very confusing. They show the morning after the announcement to Ruby of her parent’s demise and parts of the funeral and they’re some of the best scenes of the movie and they are the only two scenes that would have given Sobieski’s character any kind of depth and feeling, any kind of character development. The lack of this type of scene is exactly what makes her character as bland as mouthwash. The confusing part is this: why did they delete these?! You’ll also have filmographies and some quick interviews with the main players in the flick. Nothing new, nothing particularly bad.
This film had some promise in its idea, but it never really delivers on it. Too many characters who you don’t care about and the only one who comes through is Skargard’s. Add to that a DVD package with very few extras that are worth a damn and you have a possible rental on a slow weeknight.