Refreshing my memory on this and Unbreakable before Glass comes out. Will good Shyamalan (Unbreakable) or evil, idiot Shyamalan (The Last Airbender, almost everything elses) show up for the sequel? The question may end up being more suspenseful than the movie!
I was expecting an atmospheric, early 70's horror yarn. What I got was more akin to a British/Swedish version of Columbo. I love Columbo, but without Peter Falk, it would just be another generic made-for-tv detective movie. That's exactly what The Night Visitor looked like to me. It's a good episode of Columbo without Columbo.
It gets an entire extra half star because the final seconds of the movie delighted me.
I'm a little conflicted on this one.
This somewhat unique coming of age tale obliquely examines the horrors of bullying. There are persistent vague gestures towards potential supernatural activity that become increasingly frustrating as the film begins to collapse under the weight of its ponderous, allegorical symbolism. A pair of revelations towards the end (one fairly foreseeable, the other a less predictable kick to the teeth) redeems some of the films horrible pacing and interminable self-importance. Then it blows it…
Light on CGI, lacking any product placement or unnecessary exposition, there is not a gram of fat on this rampaging beast. The trailers and astronomical Rotten Tomatoes score had me going in with insanely unrealistic expectations; I was literally expecting a classic. It delivered. It makes THE ROAD WARRIOR look downright sedate, without the incoherent editing or disorientation that all too often accompanies movies like this (that is, those that strive to be non-stop action spectacles). Astonishingly, almost all of…