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
Decent horror. Not big on scares, but has an incredible tension that once it starts just keeps building. That takes skill. And although I still much prefer Mia Wasikowska the actress here is freaking bangin. Otherwise I'd would've probably had to go with 2 stars. I have no need to see this ever again.
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.
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.