For real – I had NO desire to see this movie at all. The trailer looked lame, the poster looked lamer and all I can ever think about Jackman any more is him singing and dancing in a tuxedo. I don’t have anything against the guy or anything, I’ve just not seen much of his shit other than X-MEN movies. I’m not a big song and dance kind of guy. I also don’t really care about Jake G (no I am not going to try and spell his last name) – I have nothing against him just… *shrugs. But – I had nothing to watch the other day and all of the newly released horror movies look pretty stupid so I checked into the “thriller” queue and was all – I guess I can give this a shot…. the first minutes were a little iffy with Jackman doing some voice over Lord’s Prayer business and then his son shoots a deer. Before too long Jackman and his family are over at Terrance Howard and his family’s house and Howard is getting ready to play a fucking bugle or something and I was about to abort. But I stayed the course and this thing got REALLY good REALLY quick and I totally recommend this one. Be warned – this is about child abduction and it gets bloody – so it might not be for everyone but I REEEEEEEEEEALLY liked it.
I am going to leave this spoiler free because I really like this and encourage you to give it a shot if you think you can handle it – but I want to applaud the people that wrote this script. And by saying that, I mean the way the characters are developed and the way the actors handle their roles. There’s no huge back story or shitty dialogue to make you understand these people – and I mean all of em – I just felt like these characters were real – does that make sense?
I don’t want to give away what goes on in here but how about the character that draws all of the mazes??? What a FUCKED UP character that is. You just think about the actions he takes and what the past has brought to this point – fucking BRILLIANT!! Paul Dano is a creepy mother fucker no matter what but – OY – someone keep that guy away from me. I also REALLY liked Jackman in this. He’s no nonsense and honestly doesn’t want to be brutally torturing the person he’s brutally torturing but what else is he gonna do? That scene where he comes tearing down the street at the police station was kick ass. “I’M A FREE MAN TOO!!!” He screams while it takes six cops to take him down. I also really liked it when he went running out of that hospital.
What else? The cinematography was excellent, there wasn’t too much excessive and unnecessary dialogue and, i don’t know – everything just worked for me. It’s a tough watch – mainly because of the content but it was well worth it. I totally wanted to watch it again but my rental expired : ( If you’re not interested in this because of Jake G or Jackman, this isn’t them playing their typical roles. Give it a shot.
LOL – I don’t know why I was thinking of this, this morning but do you all remember myspace?? Remember how popular that was? Again, I don’t know why I was thinking about that but I’m going to sign off today’s post with my old myspace handle. I hope everyone has a good weekend!!!
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