I LOVED this when I first saw it in theaters when I was 20. It holds up pretty great, it is not without its flaws, but I fucking love its dedication to never go BIG, the stakes are so small and intimate. One of my favorite Sam Jackson performances and I dig Bruce when he is awake and engaged. The production design and cinematography are some of my favorites of the early 2000s.
Darren Aronofsky's The Giving Tree! That's it. That's the movie.
"Wanting people to listen, you can't just tap them on the shoulder anymore. You have to hit them with a sledgehammer, and then you'll notice you've got their strict attention."
Old Derren really took the advice of a fictional serial killer to heart. Yeah, you got my attention but it makes me roll my eyes and there is nothing I hate more than a smug film and this film is…
Alex Garland's The Thing featuring women instead men. Focusing on change instead of paranoia. Wonderful brainy sci-fi pulp for the first 2/3rds than into something knocking on the door of Tarkovsky's cinema for the final 1/3rd. With a wonderful whisper of Cronenbergian nastiness spread throughout.
Much like The Shimmer found within the film, the film itself refracts its influences and mutates its adaptation into its own curious beast that can only exist in cinema.