Partly got an excellent post-Bergman-esque visual style and sometimes enters an annoying music video mode. The first act is the best. But I'm growing weary of these sort of indies where there is no subtext. Not to say I wasn't tense at times. In the end, the reason I can't go higher is that I didn't really understand the stakes in the end. I'll admit, maybe I wasn't paying attention, though.
Director's work is not my piece of pie, as it becomes too noticeable and manneristic. It's well written, no doubt about it, but the final twist just goes over the roof - or above. It's entertaining and unsettling while it lasts, but in the end it leaves you with nothing to ponder.
Page is a force in this film, and Wilson plays his part with aplomb as well. The table-turning is skillfully handled--an additional element that works in this film. However, the last third truly disappoints as the message gets buried in a silly and unnecessary denouement that cancels out the queasiness that rightfully punctuates the film's commentary. 3.5 stars
Might have worked if someone other than Page had been cast. Laurence Olivier couldn't sell such terribly didactic, overwritten, tactless dialogue. The film wants to portray the girl as smart and heroic but she comes off as obnoxious and annoying from the start, and as a result nothing works -even as a straight-up exploitation/revenge movie.
Malgré une évidente théâtralisation scénaristique, accentuée par un oppressant huis clos, il reste l'époustouflante performance d'Ellen Page, entre diffuse fragilité et monstrueuse détermination qui apporte, à elle seule, au film sa véritable dimension de folie et de mort, inéluctable et allant en subtil crescendo ... www.cinefiches.com
Deffinately not worth watching to the stupidest ending. The sick and twisted part of this film was not the story but that the director made it and you cant take time back to when you havent yet wasted your time watching it. Ellen Page did a good job. The story was completely idiotic and unrealistic. MAybe just good for someone that wants to watch torture for 2 hours with no surprise and no sense.
I'd be willing to say that this is Ellen Page at the apotheosis of sadism when it comes to her acting career. Both she, Patrick Wilson, and David Slade pull off this cinematographically claustrophobic and nightmarish story; with the unfortunate pitfall of omitting any detail in various aspects.