Anytime you try to do a movie as involved and conceptual as this, you are gonna have disagreements as to its effectiveness and how good it was, which is fine. So much depends on who is seeing the movie, and when, and the atmosphere etc. etc. that movies get wildly different ratings, this one is no exception.
What I love about this is that, if you think this movie sucked, its because you are a Pepsi swilling, stupid American who just isn't as smart as your European counterpart who enjoyed it. I think I'll say the same about "Doom" for any Europeans that didn't like it. Hey, it was this great piece of art, but you are too stupid to "get it". But, for every "stupid American" out there, or even any open-minded Europeans who don't think they are better than everyone, I'd like to review this movie.
OK, after my rant above, I don't have a lot of time. The acting - well, this movie is full of good actors, but they were either not directed well or had no idea what they were going for. The mom seems vapid, dull and drugged and Anna seems simultaneously on a quest to save and destroy everyone. The writing is pretty awful, though the sound was so bad I couldn't hear parts, so maybe it was better during the time the sound sucked. The plot itself made no sense. Now, I know that many people who claim to be really smart will try to explain it, but it doesn't. First of all, for seven parents to slaughter their own children, that, by the plot, they must love, you would think they would need a reason. All we are given was "It was an experiment". Huh. Let me see how that would go down.... Evil doer: "Do you love your child?" Parent: "Yes, very much." Evil doer: "Would you slit his/her throat at this one house during an eclipse for me?" Parent: "Why?" Evil Doer: "I wanna see what will happen." Loving Parent: "Well...sign me up!!" So the plot is immediately crapola. Add to that most of the "scares" of this movie basically come from turning the sound down low, then flashing pictures while applying a strong bass, something that can be seen in any cheap horror movie, and can be done with gyrating pictures of puppies to the same effect and it is a hard movie to love. Now...the ending. Remember, very artistic, which is your super-secret decoder word to mean "baffling". So the "wise, evil dark" tricks Anna into the blackness where it can "get" her? And it does this by...driving a car around in the light? I mean, if it could drive a car around in the light, couldn't it just run her over? What's it need to go to the tunnel for? I'll also leave you with Anna stabbing her father's throat and the, at some point completely not shown, him dying. So your grandfather patiently, and oddly, explained to you that anyone slitting your dad's throat at this house during the eclipse would ruin all mankind, then lets you go. So you get to the house, during the eclipse, stop your mom from slitting his throat, and then perform a tracheotomy by stabbing him...in the throat...in the house...during the eclipse. You top it off by watching him die instead of grabbing a pen that would've saved him. Or dragging him outside.
I'm sorry my European friends, I think this movie was a great idea, superbly cast, but wihered on the vine. I "got it" plenty, but the care and time was not taken to tie it together into the great movie it could have been. It was pretty bad.