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Another "The Ring" type movie, recycled, not made better, but it's OK.
on February 9, 2015
Quick story recap: Crime Novelist moves into a house where a family was murdered to investigate and write another novel. He finds a box of movies and things start to happen. This film reminded me of "The Ring" with a few elements modified to make it seem fresh. Even with that in mind, it still has a freaky tense vibe to it. There are a few cheap scares in there, only would have been cheaper if the word "Boo" was yelled as someone popped out. But it mostly relied on creepiness and images of murders.
Ethan Hawke did a good job as the crime novelist. I think he played it pretty perfectly as a former star writer who is desperate for another hit. He seemed pretty spot on as he becomes shaken up by events occurring. Everyone did an ok job however, I thought Juliet Rylance, the wife, could have been stronger in some portions of the movie.
Overall the film is average. There were some cool cinematography moments like the way they show what Ethan Hawke was watching on the film through the reflection in his glasses. I thought there were some hokey things I wish they would take out or change (kids doing the "Shhh" thing.) So this isn't a must see film much less one to do anything more than rent on a lonely night.