A pox on my eyes but I'm a sucker for a pretty screen. These vapid vistas give such good creep and hush that I'm coughing up three stars despite Pesce's failure either to confer any real heft upon or to attain much serious lift with his mythopoeic conceit. A crystalline murk, but a murk nonetheless. A promising letdown, say.
I can understand why this film doesn't get very good reviews, as not much happens/nothing is resolved, however I found the slow pace refreshing. What usually ruins horrors for me is the lack of subtlety, and I found this film to reveal the perfect amount of gore/shocking imagery. Nor was the gore un-necessary - it was all contextual and reasonable.
After the first 20 mins(which was intriguing and i felt for the most part was well done)its all down hill and then the movie just meanders about and drifts almost aimlessly for the nxt 60mins or so...I'm all for ambiguity but its hard to peer into something when you get the feeling there is nothing but shallow water reflecting back at you,because then you'll just feel like a fool for even wasting time to begin with.
There's a grim opening with a brilliantly sinister killer and from the flash of violence we get in this introduction the intensity never really lets up. It's not really about plot, more about creating a relentlessly dreadful atmosphere and following the rabbit hole into further insanity. This is up there with atmospheric masterpieces like The Texas Chain Saw Massacre and The Shining.