Kelly's direction is great. He has a real feel for atmosphere, locations & images that are quietly unsettling. These strengths are in full force during the first half of the film, where the central moral dilemma inherent in the set-up gives way to scenes of mystery & paranoia. Unfortunately a third act twist into the realms of science-fiction is so left-field that it actually undermines the entire narrative.
In the Twitight Zone genre, a hyper-complicated SciFi, where DIAZ & MARSDEN saves the setting. The presence of LANGELLA confirms that despite the $ 20 million budget & MATHESON in the credits, it's a flop. === Dans le genre La Quatrième Dimension, une Science-fiction hyper-compliquée, où DIAZ & MARSDEN sauvent la mise. La présence de LANGELLA confirme que, malgré 20 millions de $ & le nom de MATHESON, c'est un nanar.
Cameron Diaz's awful accent or acting are the least of this film's troubles. Writer/director Richard Kelly has wild ideas about existence and God: apparently, we are all part of an elaborate experiment conducted by aliens who are in cahoots with NASA, NSA and insert-your-favorite-acronym. Yes, you should laugh at Kelly's pseudo-intellectualisms. But there's a definitive vision. He blunders with supreme confidence.
still don't know what to think about it : I spent a really nice time watching it, the original idea seems great, but the rest of the film in which Kelly tries to mindfuck us is absolutely terrible... At least I can admit that it was visually interesting. Kelly should avoid those kind of subjects where he tries to put philosophy at every corner in the movies. "Donnie Darko" was really cool... but this one is bad.
Richard Kelly's incredibly loose adaptation of Richard Matheson's short story gets off to an intriguing start, but soon looses its way completely. It's a well-shot film, with some solid performances (with the exception of an accent-mangling Cameron Diaz), but the plot degenerates into something like a half-baked fan script for 'The X-Files', leading to a cheesy, emotionally forced climax. Another miss for Kelly.
This movie has earned the distinction of being one of the 5 movies that earned a 'F' rating on opening night. Which is difficult to attain. Nevertheless, it is an entertaining film, for one so heavy handed. It would make a lovely 'Twilight Zone' episode.
Not sure it is a disapointment. After all, Kelly did not try, for a second, to do a second Donnie Darko. But I do dare suggest this has exactelly the same plot device. (so I don't spoil, I will talk about it in the comments bellow).
I always liked the "pushing the button" thing... so this is a one for me, but I think Kelly wanted to declare too much and because of that, the mystery and the conclusion are getting lost. The atmosphere was captured great. Yes, it's not Donnie Darko, but it's often the same thing with directors, which first film is outstanding: they want the following films to be higher, bigger, better and that's not always BETTER!