While the single take is adventurous, and deserves praise, it feels gimmicky. I feel it hinders the story more than anything. Since it was shot over 4 days, I suppose it's not a true single take and that negates everything going for it. Why limit yourself in technique, when you're already taking advantages. The story itself is weak. And while it does provide some scares, it ends up being cliche.
Actually i'm not quite sure this movie has been made with a single continuous shot. Of course it looks like one. But the movie may have been cut at many times. (I'm thinking about their entering in the house, the camera's flash scene and, one heck of a proof, the post-credit scene...) Nevertheless, the movie's fine.
the beginning & the end were great - i really loved the polaroid-scene in the dark..! but why she always searched something, that made me confusing during watching this flick - because she had no reason...
I've read couple reviews of this movie, and they all seem really dissatisfied with it. I really, really liked it; I like how the camera follows Laura's perception of time and space, I love the ending, I love the whole psychosis thing going around. I was actually quite surprised that the criticism was so abundant, the movie just illogically follows her irrationality and altogether it just makes sense.
The whole movie is basically the heroine wandering a house, lantern held aloft, looking at the decor. Occasionally something happens in the background and she is briefly startled but then goes back to examining a trash bin.
A movie in constant battle with itself: Cheesy sound effects with a beautiful and elegant score, pointless scenes of Laura looking around, as if to justify the film's length and glimpses of a story that feels too elaborate and too loose at the same time. Never the less it keeps the tension for the most part and for such an inexpensive movie, obvious cuts or not, it is still a technical marvel with amazing atmosphere.