6 October 2004 | dcobbimdb
Pretty creepy movie, not for the faint of heart
On the one hand this movie was weird to the point of being lame. But on the other it will affect you to some degree. If that's its sole purpose, then it's highly successful to that degree. It's somewhat a tough movie to watch, it's not light hearted at all, and it's pretty graphic at moments. Much of what you see is unknown or unexplained, but I to some degree like a movies that keep you / leave you guessing rather than explaining everything and throwing in the kitchen sink as well.
The acting we so so. I rented it mainly because of Hopper and while he was interesting he was not what I expected. While he played a crazed warden, we wasn't the 'eccentric' genius of the movie Speed. I guess I missed that a bit as he just came off as a filthy talking warden and little else. Dina looked beautiful as ever and put forth an okay performance, she's much more of a honey in this than Starship troopers, but she's not entirely believable in her character either, so
Then there was Lance, playing the same old monotone ham and mayo on white
I guess it's his trademark as I've seen little else in the way of acting from him. So, he lived up to his persona and he did justice to it once again. Paven, who played the main serial killer did an effective job, though he was too eye candy in terms of the ladies (in my opinion) to really come off a scary serial killer. Little too much of a baby face pretty boy, but I guess that was the idea. At times he was creepy I guess, but I found the images & graphic violence to be the main catalyst for the dysfunctional spookiness of the movie.
The movie really gets off on trying to suck you into this sick / genius's mind and freak you out. It does the job even at the expense of coming off a little corny. Though being that Jesse Mowatt's ability's / powers are not really explained, it leaves much to the imagination and really depends on you're ability for abstract thought. If you don't have any, the movie will probably come off as stupid & sick. Overall I like movies like this to some degree and while overall I certainly took something away from this movie, I won't be watching it again, or anytime real soon for that matter. It's one of those movies that I only have the stomach to watch once. Would I recommend it? Hmm, tough question
I would recommend it to people who like freaky / supernatural movies with a stomach for nasty stuff and with a tolerance for B rated acting, script & budgets. I'd rate it more as a horror / thriller than anything else. Otherwise, don't bother as it will leave you with nightmares if nothing else
6.5 / 10 for the weirdo's out there like me who get off on this kind of crud. 2 / 10 for everyone else as it will likely dig into you're precious sleep cycle