Review Date: September 07, 2001
Director: Steve Carpenter
Writer: Steve Carpenter
Producers: Stokely Chaffin and Neal H. Moritz
Melissa Sagemiller as Cassie
Wes Bentley as Matt
Eliza Dushku as Annabel
The sad part is that the Arrow and I both dig on flicks like this, so we actually figured most of it out by the half-way point, so all of the strangeness after that did start to make a little bit of sense, but it still didn't the make the film all that more entertaining. I guess the bottom line with movies like this is that you should always make sure that the audience is "into it" even before they are given the secret password to enter your world of understanding. I mean, showing Melissa Sagemiller running away from visions for about 20 minutes throughout the movie is just plain lazy!! Okay, we get it...there are people chasing her and we don't know who they are. Do we really need to see it over and over again? How about giving us different scenes offering further insight into all of the strangeness going down in the movie? Apparently, the studio took this film away from its director and chopped it up themselves, and it shows. There might've been a pretty decent teen mind-fuck movie in here somewhere, but I guess "the suits" decided that turning it into a music video with little edge, would make more sense. The actors are pretty good for the most part, although Wes Bentley just seemed to be playing the exact same character that he did in AMERICAN BEAUTY, only in a new neighborhood. But my biggest kudos go out to Sagemiller, who holds her own throughout the entire film, and actually has you feeling her character's unraveling.
Overall, the film doesn't stick because it doesn't entertain, it's confusing, it rarely excites and it feels pretty redundant for most of its runtime, despite a pretty cool ending and explanation to all of the craziness that came before it. Oh, and by the way, this is not a horror or teen slasher flick...it's just packaged to look that way because someone is apparently assuming that the genre is still hot with the kids. It also wrapped production two years ago and has been sitting on the shelves ever since. Whatever...skip it!