Review Date: October 22, 2004
Director: James Wan
Writer: Leigh Whannel, James Wan
Producers: Mark Burg, Gregg Hoffman, Oren Koules
Carey Elwes as Dr. Gordon
Leigh Whannel as Adam
Danny Glover as Tapp
It also reminded me of my favorite movie of the year so far, OLD BOY, which starts off with a similar premise, but deals more with the revenge aspect of the torture, as opposed to this film, which turns into more of a "game" for your life. I also appreciated the film's dark and grungy style, some of its super-speed sequences, which really give you a sense of the mind-boggling nature of the elements sprung onto these unsuspecting human beings, by an apparent psychopath of the highest level. The imagery in the movie isn't as graphic as you might think, but many of the sick ideas presented are gravely disgusting and sure to turn off anyone looking for a teen chick from the WB in a white tight tanktop. Director James Wan also manages to sustain a suspenseful pace throughout the film, with clues dropped in here and there, flashbacks providing more insight into the bizarre nature of the crimes (are you considered a murderer if you don't actually kill anyone, but get others to kill themselves?), as well as a great musical score that pulls you further into the film's shadows. The dialogue and performances by all of the actors provide further believability to the over-the-top happenings, especially Leigh Whannel (also the film's co-screenwriter) and an almost unrecognizable Carey Elwes. Danny Glover also works as the tenacious cop looking for answers. My favorite line from this movie, and maybe any film this year, was "Fuck this shit!!" Trust me, when you see it used in this picture, you will be 100% behind that sentiment. Fuck that shit, dude...like, seriously! At the end of the day, this film is a creepy, mysterious, novel addition to Lion's Gate's impressive array of horror acquisitions, and I would easily recommend it to anyone looking for something that will grate you the wrong way, rub you the right way and provide you with just enough goosebumps to add to the ones already present in your everyday life. And did I mention the creepy-ass puppet? Yipes!