I came into this film expecting a rushed attempt to capitalize on the concept and ended up finding a pretty good and earnest film that kinda tugged on my heart strings. Maybe I'm just a sucker for "finding the world within the world" or "reality/things aren't what you think they are" type films like "The Matrix," "John Carpenter's The Thing," "Cabin in the Woods," "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" (all of them), etc. If you have a similar disposition, you should seek this film out and give it a watch.
This wasn't anywhere near as bad as people made it out to be. The introductory backstory/narration was a bit jarring and seemed a bit cheesy, but once the actual story kicked it... this was such a wild and fun ride. Different strengths and weaknesses compared to the Del Toro films, but they all shake out around the same rating range for me. Some of the CGI could've used a few more render passes, but most of the effects (digital and practical) were pretty good. It's unfortunate there won't be a sequel.
Within the first few scenes I knew this was going to be a chore to get through. Within the following scenes I started to reflect on my love/hate relationship with Michael Bay and wondered if I judged him too harshly in some of his previous films. I started to wonder about the first two films and how I haven't watched them in years... would they be as fun as I remembered? Or would they have aged poorly?
So yeah, this…
Between the actresses and the premise, I knew I would get around to seeing this film eventually. I have a soft spot for psychopathic obsessive stalker thrillers like "Single White Female," "Poison Ivy," and "The Crush."
Entering the film, I was sucked in pretty quickly. As expected, there was great acting by the leads who performed likable and relatable characters. Cinematography was beautiful. As we moved along through the first act and into the second, there were respectable moments of…