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4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad at all., October 1, 2005
This review is from: Soul Survivors (The Killer Cut) (DVD)
This movie gets a bad rap for a couple of reasons. It's sort of a cheesy horror movie, and some people feel it's a cheat. But I don't grade movies like this against movies like "Schindler's List" or "Shawshank Redemption." I grade them on what they're trying to do and how successful there are. This movie doesn't have a lofty aim or a lot of ambition, so I'm not going to rip it apart for not being high art. It does what it wants to quite well.

Personally, I thought this was a better horror movie than any of the House of The Dead, Jeepers Creepers, Alone In The Dark, or House of 1000 Corpses bottom feeders. And to be totally honest, this movie has far fewer cheats in its explanations and mechanisms than say, "Momento" or "Mullholland Drive." So I don't see what people are complaining about. If this were a David Lynch movie, people wouldn't be crying that the movie makes no sense, they'd be lauding how subtle and brilliant it is for not "spoon-feeding you all the answers." But I digress.

Soul Survivors is about a college girl who loses her boyfriend in a car crash coming home from a rave with her friends. She's heartbroken. Then weird things start to happen. Crazy looking guys chase her around, then vanish. Her dead boyfriend begins to visit her with eerie messages. The plot thickens from there, and of course all is not what it seems.

Personally, I think this is a pretty entertaining and interesting movie. The casting is very good. Melissa Sagemiller makes a good lead character, Luke Wilson is great as the sympathetic priest, Wes Bentley is good as the ostensibly nice but somewhat sinister friend, Eliza Dushku may never have been more gorgeous in her entire career as the wild child best friend who is of little help to her grieving friend and gets involved in some pretty strange situations. The setting for the rave that is revisited a few times is also gorgeous.

I could go on and on, but in short, I think this is a good movie that achieves what it sets out to. It doesn't have half as many cheats as more artistic and ambitious movies, the casting and setting are great, and you could do a lot worse in this genre. 4 stars.
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