Could have been a hell of a thriller if Amenabar dared to push the plot further instead of neglecting it in order to turn a genre film into a commercial one, at the cost of its own substance. That's not a twist, that's chicken shit.
A movie about manipulation. Manipulation of the characters and manipulation of the audience. Once this is said, you can focus on the Minnesota's landscapes that, by the way, were filmed in Canada. Already forgotten.
Solid thriller from Amenabar that suffers a bit from not taking the movie to the extremities that it should have reached. The cast works the thin script for what it´s worth and it´s a shame there is not more depth to the story. The direction is well handled and moves briskly and offers some creepy scenes. All in all this is a good movie but veers a bit too close to TV-movie land for it to really rise above.
More of a pop, traditional thriller instead of the moodpieces powerhouses in similar works like Villeneuve's Prisoners, Amenábar's take on the modern Americana staple of small town gone wrong is surprisingly lean, clever and solid, even if at fault for jumping through a few hoops of logic and not properly utilizing the potential of the theme. Well played.
I basically grew up in the 80s with adults scaring me about satanists. Weird times! About the film, I'm just glad it didn't go to the direction I thought it was going. People will surely have debated opinions whether this is good or not. It was actually pretty good according to my taste. And that is exactly why it's important to be open-minded when you watch movies. Just let yourself enjoy even the craziest content.