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Haute tension

Alexandre Aja France, 2003

J. O.'s rating of the film High Tension

While it shapes up to be an unoriginal hack-and-slash, it takes a dizzying turn and becomes quite an interesting little film. Primal and terrifying performances all around, with a sharp style and great pace. It manages to keep the ultra-violence present but not feel overly gratuitous (even during the climax). The "twist" is rather unbelievable and tiresome, but it's excusable.