There is an intriguing and horrifying film in The Quiet Ones, it just doesn't happen to be the one that you're watching. At its base, there is an unnerving and heavy horror drama to be felt, but it's wrapped in an awkward blend of old school tension and new age execution. It leaves the resulting film as a massive missed opportunity at pretty much every turn - whether its the cliche jump scares or the missed effectiveness of the subtext.
Let's be upfront, this is easily the weakest entry of the franchise and, depending on your taste of film, could easily be a film someone could hate. The film focuses more on the funny than the serious. It has a narration that tanks in the second act with forced progressions. It has way too many characters to give them actual characterization. It's filled with terrible actors.
The film is also a silly action film, so I'm willing to overlook a…
If you thought The Avengers had great banter and chemistry, then Guardians of the Galaxy will make you pee yourself a little. James Gunn goes epic with his space opera in the film, but his roots in genre filmmaking (horror, dark comedy) still freely float through the film. Truthfully, the only thing that was weak was the villain (again). Marvel needs to move away from stoic villains. Otherwise, this film was impressively executed.
I also think that James Gunn should remake The Ice Pirates. That's my big take away from this film.
This is, HANDS DOWN, the best film of the year in my opinion. Brilliant acting, direction, special effects, and a massively entertaining and thoughtful film. It also had some great nods to not only "Rise" but to the previous entries of the franchise as well. All hail, Caesar!