I have to respect Brian Taylor for writing and directing a (nihilistic, politically incorrect, and ludicrously over the top) horror film in which Nic Cage's Looney Tunes performance can comfortably coexist alongside Selma Blair's almost touching turn as a quietly tragic suburban mother. This film had me ecstatic, and that was even before Lance Henriksen's cameo and the best "Dark Knight" reference in years.
Awkward editing that gives some exposition and important action/dramatic scenes depth and irony, but rendering them momentumless. Many scenes internal and external rhyme is also inorganic, never getting a bearing between comedic horror and serious scares/character drama. However, when Henriksen shows up the zaniness does reach an apex, making it hard to hate, despite the ideas being much better than the reality here.
Kids may start out cute, but they can turn into entitled, self-absorbed, cruel little turds just as the parents enter into middle age, their youthful dreams displaced by parenthood, mortgages and wrinkles. As in "Battle Royale", this is territory ripe for savage retaliation and these moms and dads deliver with comic glee. Yet there are also sobering and terrifying glimmers of child abuse, giving heft to the mayhem.
Very entertaining flick with an off-the-wall premise that is as bonkers and the movie itself. Blair and Cage is very good in their roles and have some great scenes both together and apart. The kids are also good but kinda boring. It takes a while to get going and I think that Taylor´s directorial style is wrong for this kind of movie. It was fun while it lasted but it feels like a missed opportunity.
This movie is brilliant and for all the right reasons. Aside from the fact that all parents across the world lose their minds in a be-all end-all scenario regarding their children, this is a wonderfully executed dark comedy from photography to acting to the originality of the script. Not often do I smile at a film because of its sheer uniqueness factor, no less one with a horror bent, but this one did. See it.
A killer concept that made for 2/3 of a good flick. By the time Blair and Cage are monologuing in the basement, the movie has just about run out of ideas and careens wildly downhill in terms of quality from then on. Can we get a take two?