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Jesse Bradford (who could easily pass for Colin Ferrell's brother) plays Bobby. Recently out of prison, he's trying to put his life back together. He moves into his recently deceased mother's apartment and weird stuff starts happening. He's seeing and hearing things that, as it turns out, are not really happening. But his girlfriend and others in the building are experiencing the same hallucinations involving a resident cop who may have beaten his wife to death. So what's the scoop?
That's where the movie falters. It does a decent enough job of building things and planting clues, but in any movie of this sort everything usually builds to a punchline. Here the punchline never comes. The movie just sort of stops and things aren't resolved.
This has a lot going for it. The performances are good. The set direction is great. The building where most events take place is an old New York City building long in need of repair. Everything has a run down, decrepit feeling to it which adds to the overall sense of despair. The shuddering, Japanese style, ghostly apparitions have been overplayed in too many horror movies as of late. Thank God they keep it to a minimum here. But, overall, this has a good look and feel to it. The music score is good and, overall, it's a very professional effort. Had the producers figured a way to provide a more satisfying ending, this would be worth another star.
The movie finally escalates when he intervenes in a domestic issue that takes place in the adjacent apartment. The film has a haunting "Juon" quality about it. My biggest complaint is that the build-up is too slow. I got bored waiting for this film to take off. Jesse Bradford plays a rather lame Bobby.
F-bomb, No sex, or nudity. Violence to women.
I have an aversion to creepy dead kids/ghosts, so this movie was scary enough for me to have to pause it several times and take a break, but I'm just a chicken in that respect. It was also hard to see Amelia get beaten up and tossed around like that, I was wincing the whole time. But overall, I would watch it again, (maybe fast forward through that torturous scene) it had a decent plot/backstory and the acting was superb on all levels.
Have you ever seen someone in need and offered to help? Or are you one of those people who passes people by and thinks, someone else will do it - don't get involved?
What if your lack of involvement caused devastating circumstances to the victim? What if because of your refusal to help, they sought vengeance against you?
Meet Bobby. Newly out of jail (and I later found out that it was not his fault and was reminded of how badly the American "justice" system sucks. But you'll have to watch to find out why he was jailed!) and just wanting to start over again. He tries to pick up the pieces of what was once his life and moves into his deceased mother's apartment.
And that's when the trouble starts.
It begins with noises, odd and troubling sounds that wake him up and then the visions of his dead mother begin to play havoc with his mind and he is slowly sucked into a never-ending nightmare.
His neighbor, Gina (Calzado) is an abused wife whose husband, Walter (played with far too chilling realism by Durand) likes to come home and smack around on both her and their daughter, Carly.
Bobby may have been in prison, but he still won't stand for his neighbor - cop or not - to beat on his wife and kid and tries to help...but things just start getting stranger.
The visions begin to happen more and more frequently and it's not just Bobby who finds himself thrust into the middle of something he doesn't understand. The visions also begin to manifest themselves to Alyssa (Warner) and to other tenants of the building.
However...the more Bobby tries to help, the more dangerous Walter becomes with devastating consequences to Gina and Carly.Read more ›
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I loved the movie, but then again I've always loved Jesse Bradford.Published 4 months ago by Colby I. Beck
Good movie though you understand too soon what's actually going on. Watchable but no surprises.Published 7 months ago by itigger
Horrible horrible horrible. Don't waste your $$$$ it only gets a 1 star because I had to.Published 9 months ago by LadyDiva