So here is the key to enjoying this film:
-Ignore the story and plot for the most part since it doesn't make much sense anyway.
-Don't worry about the original film or video games since continuity is not really a concern either.
-Don't take the performances too seriously (especially Carrie-Ann Moss).
-Pretend that this is a film about a girl who runs away to experience the mother of all haunted houses.
-Enjoy the visuals!
I realized these things early on…
When I first watched this film last night I was going to write a review that looked like this:
"Not so much a horror film as teenagers getting what they deserve. 3 stars."
I decided to sleep on it and ended up feeling far different about this film the next day. Thinking about my one line review, the obvious occurred to me...that this film was actually a glorified revenge film, getting the audience to side with Carrie and root for…
James McAvoy plays one of the most despicable characters ever captured on film. A slow motion train wreck of depravity with Scottish accents. Not half as enjoyable as Trainspotting. Some genuinely funny parts early on but its like a long joke that keeps getting worse and worse as a game to see how long it takes before everyone stops laughing. I surprisingly really enjoyed the final 5 minutes but fought the urge to fast forward through most of the film.