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.
An original concept featuring some exceptionally creative and technically complex action sequences. However, due to a cast of characters that leaves you wondering who you're rooting for and an ending that lacks punch, this is one better remembered for its few standout moments than its overall strength and lasting impact. Still, its strongest sequences, like the dog in the car, are examples of pure horror brilliance.
Finally a really well made Horror movie with great jump scares and overall haunting atmosphere. The cinematography was awesome for this kind of genre. The ending bothered me though, how would the cops not find the set up in the basement weird and questionable? Like even if you don't find a kidnapped person/body, you still would investigate why this old dude would have all that stuff in the basement..also: GIRL POWER!