(Vukekpar/leweb) Allez, je mets 5 étoiles, car des thrillers aussi bien troussés, je n'en avais pas vu depuis des lustres! Après un remake d'Evil Dead qui avait tout de même de la gueule, Fede Alverez démontre toute son élégance en matière de mise en scène et de gestion de l'espace avec ce huis-clos glaçant et extrêmement bien écrit. Stephen Lang est assez incroyable dans le rôle de ce vétéran de guerre aveugle!
Setting aside a number of the ludicrous twists (how did he find the car?), the movie does manage to be scary (especially early on), but it loses its economically thematic potential by making the antagonist a victim of the system. So, the meat is culled down to the heroine resisting the antagonist's overpowering need to 'father', which is complicated by his understandable grief about his daughter.
[Spoilers] A kind of modern Greek tragedy; the gods have blinded and imprisoned a fallen hero in a maze inside a richly metaphorical wasteland, whereby looters have to face and challenge him on his terms. The horror of living to face the outside world after leaving such a place is the unspoken part of this essentially anti-hero tale.
While I didn't get to review this movie at the time of seeing it, in retrospect it is even more of a edgy, original thriller that is brilliantly done, with Alvarez at the helm of it all. His protege, Levy, and Minnette work well as a team in this movie, with a lot of unexpected twists that fare well for this type of thriller. Obviously, the ending is left open as the sequel is being released soon. Excellent film.
Excellent horror/thriller that used its frugal premise and claustrophobic setting to maximum effect. 'Alvarez' went all out on his 'Evil Dead' but he is so much better here and the results are so much more satisfying. I felt every creaking floorboard and uncomfortable crack as the tables were turned in this 'hunter-becomes-hunted' reworking. The twist in the tale also caught me off guard so, 100% praise here!
Starts out very familiar, almost skipping across the required set-up and gradually builds on a great premise ratcheting up the dread with technical bravado. Stephen Lang and Jane Levy glue it all together with fantastic presence however by the end we feel like it's flipping the power for the sake of it. 3 stars
Would have been better as a 90 minute suspense piece, without the subplots. A cat and mouse game between teenage burglars and a blind old veteran, and just that, would have been interesting/entertaining enough. On a spoilery side note: The opening shot doesn't add to the suspension, which I'm assuming is what they where going for. It just spoils the ending.
This film felt like 3h squished into 1h23 - the beats were relentless & perfectly well paced, making it feel non-stop. Levy is quite possibly the most underrated gem of modern cinema, showing incredible multi-dimensional range in a flawed & not entirely sympathetic character. As with his Evil Dead, Alvarez continues to have a brilliant command of sound and visuals, but he excels with an original script.
Doesn't overdo the initial melodrama: setting up a durable pathos inside its conflict in just 13 minutes. It then creates suspenseful setpieces in dark-humored fashion, with moments of attack-releasing quiet, and never forgets to tease clever details. Some twists make its narrative too looney-tunes, but Hollywood horror has been usurped by the indie filmmakers, yet this shows the mainstream still has tick-tock.