“You ever seen this?” “You ever read that?” Yes, there’s a lot of very obvious Tarantino-lite dialogue between characters discussing movies and books, etc. but the rest of the screenplay, as far as scene to scene, is pretty darn good. It’s thrilling and always entertaining, sometimes surprising in how far some scenes rise to the level of being great. It DOES help that everybody is somebody - and those somebodies are all interesting 90s character actors. And then you have Ray…
I'm an easy mark for anything even remotely Possession inspired. Though present day Romania in this movie isn't the deadened West Berlin of Zulawski's film, nor is it even the cold Romania of 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days but, to Maika Monroe's character, it may as well be. Directed by Chloe Okuno (maker of Storm Drain - the best and most memorable segment from last year's V/H/S '94), it taps into the scariness of unfamiliarity pretty well and gives us a pretty thrilling finale where Maika gets to WORK. Will probably have one of my favorite end shots of the year.
1. definitely misaligned at the time and cast aside for silly reasons
2. neo-noir as heck in story construction w/ haunting score
3. Egoyan still manages a downcast tone w/ an ending & final shot that leaves you satisfied
4. Colin Firth and Kevin Bacon are giving two devoted & delicious performances
5. Alison Lohman is terrific
Pretty legit horror feature with some really good thrills. I think we’ve reached max weird, honestly. Garland takes a few keys from other films but makes something that is stamped as all his in the end. Jessie Buckley is fantastic and a big reason this works so well on a horror level. She displays the range to commit to portraying the effects of a tortured past and does the ol’ cat/mouse final girl awesomely. I dug it.