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Old 05-22-2012, 03:49 AM   #50
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This is a flawed but interesting movie with very unusual strengths and weaknesses. The characters are likeable and interesting. I also liked the deliberate pace, which seems to be a consistent strength for West. He doesn't skimp on character development to race from scare to scare. We get to know and like the main characters--which should really add impact to the story once things get strange.

But the scares just aren't there. Almost every attempt to elicit fear or suspense underwhelmed and reminded me of a better film. Normally that would make a film like this completely worthless. But the characters are so strong that it's still worth your time.

It's refreshing to see a genre offering that tries this hard to be more than a funhouse ride. I think West is a guy to watch going forward.
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