One only needs to see Adrien Brody try to act to see why the producers didn't pay him his full fee. I'm never one to follow popular opinion but what the hell was this? Bad acting, seriously bad writing, cookie cutter film score, and complete lack of style. I made a huge mistake watching this right after Profondo Rosso.
The title would suggest that Dario Argento is returning to the classic genre he helped create, but instead it's just another bland, uninspired slasher movie with a moronic plot and phoned-in performances. Yet another sad reminder that Argento is decades from the brilliant filmmaker he once was.
I almost gave this 3 stars. Why? This is not a bad film, even if it lacks his old style. Yes, it seems a little uninspired. But Argento seems to be doing something new, more of the self-parody.and even a touch of "the finger" to his old fans. Adrien Brody does a nice underplayed policeman, for me the main problem was Emmanuelle Seigner. But in the end, modern giallo is not my cup of tea.
Why do you bother, Dario Argento? An uninspired work by a former genre master and personal favorite. "Giallo" is sadly lacking in creativity and originality, which is a shame for a filmmaker who has his career built on creative camera work, original plot twists and memorable murder scenes. This one is nothing but a mess, starring Adrian Broody who seems like he is sleepwalking through the film. Terribly boring.