Review Date: September 11, 2003
Director: Mike Figgis
Writer: Richard Jefferies
Producers: Mike Figgis, Annie Stewart
The whole reminded me a lot of THE HAUNTING, with a somewhat decent, somewhat creepy start and apparent goal to transform into a real thriller, while ultimately fizzling out into your typical man-on-the-vengeful-warpath scenario, stupid moves and all. Why stand in front of a gaping hole when you know there's a bad guy around? Why not leave town instead of continuing to "investigate" the matter further? Better yet, how about you leave the man's personal property alone in the first place?! And oh...for the love of God...when there's a bad guy around, don't run UP the stairs onto the roof...run OUT the door! Also, why the heck is everybody so afraid of this guy? The last time I checked, we're dealing with a shrimp of a man who carries no guns or knives of any sort. The last time I checked, a couple of beefcakes sitting down on him would resolve the entire problem asap. And that's nothing against Dorff, because he does actually give his character the right twinge of Max Cady, but c'mon...Sharon Stone's sweet ass could have kicked this guy out of that un-haunted house in a second! Anyway, those are only a few of my frustrations with the plot and the characters, both of which simply did not connect or amalgamate into anything special. The actors are all decent, with a special nod to Dorff, the directing, decent, but nothing to write home about, and the pace, well, not so good...with the first half developing really slowly and seemingly going into one direction and the second half bogging down into the routine and predictable. See it on video for Dorff, Stone's undie ass shot or the good-looking young dude/chick from PANIC ROOM, but avoid it if you're looking for something creepy, haunted or good. Then again, maybe if you go in KNOWING that this isn't a haunted house movie, you might enjoy it a little more than I did. Then again...maybe not. Thumbs down to the marketing team behind this one.
PS: This has nothing to do with my review per se, but I caught actor Stephen Dorff on the "Craig Kilborn Show" the other night and he actually said that he thought this film was "the best movie he'd ever been in", which I thought said a lot about the man's career.