Just to make sure we’re all on the same page here, apparently there were two HOME SWEET HOMEs released in 2013. This one revolves around a home invasion and stars a good looking Meghan Heffern who gets the business from a dude in a creepy mask. The other has something to do with this: “After going broke, Gwen Stevens is forced to return to her abandoned childhood home hoping to pick up the pieces of her life. Among the relics and memories of her past, she discovers someone is living in the house and they don’t want to leave. In the New Mexico desert, miles from safety, Gwen must fight to protect the only thing she has left. Her life.” This write up is about the home invasion job I just watched.
This is another one of these movies that’s hard to “grade”. On one hand it’s beautifully shot and directed, the lead actress was wonderful, eight of the last ten minutes were BEAUTIFUL and the blood effects were effectively nasty. The other hand finds the very, very ending kind of dumb, some of the actions the characters made were kind of baffling and the lead husband actor was – well – not so good. In the end, when I sit at my reflecting pool, sipping Cognac and puffing on a 200 dollar cigar, was I entertained? I sure was. I even had to put my hand over my eyes once. Our man on the street Gary recommended this to me (and seems to have had a very similar experience with this). I can’t say that I loved every minute of it but it was well worth the watch, for sure.
If you want to take a chance with this, be prepared: it’s VERY slow and deliberate, building tension with sweeping camera shots and angles. Shit’s going on in the background and it’s not all up in your face. Like in this next shot, she’s getting dolled up for a post date night Cheerleader outfit sexcapade. Downstairs, her husband has just been clubbed with a pitching wedge. She’s lighting some candles to get the room all sexy and the cat jumps on the bed – leaving bloody paw prints all over the place. Yikes! Oh – and for the record, I applaud this movie for not taking an opportunity to kill an animal. I am SO SICK of directors using that gimmick. LEAVE THE GODDAMN ANIMALS ALONE FOR PET’S SAKE!!!
I’m not going to give anything away about this – there’s a twist at the end but it’s not that big of a deal. What makes this entire movie is the last ten or fifteen minutes (minus the very last two minutes). They are a fucking work of art that you haven’t seen before. Whether you like the hour and such that came before or not, I guarantee you’ll see that sequence and be like “WOAH DADDY.”
In the end, this is slow and bloody and people make stupid moves and have stupid dialogue, but the overall end product is pretty enjoyable. I watched it on Netflix streaming so it was (basically) free and, even though I normally don’t like home invasion movies, this one was pretty good.