RUN TIME- 88
WRITERS- GUSTAVO HERNANDEZ AND LAURA LAU
STARRING- ELIZABETH OLSEN, ADAM TRESE AND ERIC SHEFFER
DIRECTOR- CHRIS KENTIS
Synopsis taken from IMDb
This movie is about Sarah as she and her dad go to their lakeside retreat to pack things up inside because it is being sold. While there, her uncle also helps get the place up to scratch so they can sell it. The uncle has to leave to get an electrician to check the wiring, but after he goes she starts hearing noises and seeing are people inside the house. Soon she and her dad are attacked by someone or something and they end up in a fight for their lives. But there's something more going on here than she thinks.
When I first saw the original foreign version I was hype to see it but ended up being disappointed. I loved the concept but it just didn't mesh well. I think all the things it had going for it were great but there was just something that didn't click well with me.
So I was hoping this one would be better and maybe smooth out the rough edges that the original had. I wasn't as hyped to see this one as I was the other due to being let down the first time. So I didn't have alot riding on this one, but I always remain optimistic.
From the instant the film started I liked Elizabeth Olsen as Sarah. I'm not familiar with her, haven't seen any of her other work, so this helped me see her as the character and not as someone acting. She was believable and sympathetic. And the scenes where she's freaking out due to the chaos going on were well done and really put you in the moment.
When Sarah starts hearing taunted by the intruder things pick up intensely. I knew where the film was going, I knew the twist so it hurt these scenes a bit for me because I wasn't really effected by them.
I think that if you pay close attention it's kind of easy to predict who the intruder is. Especially in this one. They make it very obvious and that hurts the film bad. At first I liked where they were going and then I changed my mind. I didn't find it creative at all. They're trying to fool you but are making it too obvious.
When the uncle returns to help out with the hunt for whoever is screwing with them things quickly go even faster down hill. But like I mentioned, the suspense didn't do anything for me since I knew the payoff. I was kind of hoping they'd go somewhere else with it but it was pretty close to the original.
When the truth comes out and Sarah figures out just who exactly it is who's screwing with her and her father and uncle it hits home. It's a good twist but was executed way better in the original. It was overly obvious and that hurt this film alot.
Long story short. What could have been a better attempt at the original concept turned out to be worse. The payoff isn't worth the 88 minutes you sit through.
THIS FILM GETS 1 REAPER OUT OF 4