David S. Goyer
This one is no different. And when I say that, I mean it’s not different on any level, except it can take pride that it actually got a theatrical release when it should have gone straight to DVD. The lead actress should be doing Sprite commercials, not carrying her own film and I have no idea why Gary Oldman and Idris Elba are in this thing. They can actually act, so I can only assume there was a lot of money involved.
It seems that the filmmakers couldn’t get anything right. There are some creepy images, but they’re sandwiched between bad dialogue and neutered, “scary” moments. And the freaky image that she keeps seeing is cleverly nicknamed “Jumby”, which sounds like a lead character in a Saturday morning cartoon. I snickered every time that name was muttered. And I’m still not sure why they had to bring in a holocaust survivor. There could have been some eerie and freaky things with that storyline, but it was never developed.
Can you believe David S. Goyer had a hand in the DARK KNIGHT? Seriously. In case you forgot, he wrote BATMAN BEGINS and has several other impressive credits to his resume. But this is lame from start to finish. No originality, no scary moments, nothing to make it worth your while. Oh, and it should be noted that this “unrated” cut contains a whopping one minute of unseen footage.