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Mind the (logic) gap!
written by spegg June 14, 2004 - 9:58 AM PDT
3 out of 3 members found this review helpful
The review by Misshaped correctly points out that there are some serious logical problems with this film, which really prevent it from being anything but an experiment in Hollywood's efforts to make stylish horror films. I personally consider the experiment a failure, as the color and lighting are overdone (perhaps the grayest movie not shot in B&W) and the ghosts are not presented in any original manner. The prison is especially laughable, as none of the cells contain toilets--a logic gap that made my friends and I laugh at the film more often than we were surprised or scared.

This film is probably worth renting as a stage in the decline of Halle Barry from Oscar winner to Razzie winner (I'm sure she's already nominated for "Catwoman").

I'm not deluded, I'm possessed!
written by Misshaped June 2, 2004 - 11:15 AM PDT
3 out of 5 members found this review helpful
Don't you just love it when you get to the end of a movie and all you want to do is talk about it with the person you saw it with? You can't wait to go over the interesting plot twists and turns...and the excellent character development...and the gorgeous cinematography. I love that!

But it's a definite sign of a bad movie when you have to sit down with the person you saw it with and figure out how to make the movie plausible.

This is a movie that starts off quite interesting. Halle Berry, Penelope Cruz & Robert Downey Jr...good actors...the movie looks pretty nice. The suspense builds from the beginning and then wham bam we're in the middle of a supernatural thriller. You start to wonder how it's going to work out in the end and then wham bam...Deus Ex Machina. I can just see the writers scratching their heads on this one. "How do we get our hero out of trouble?" Let's just skim over the plot holes, throw in some creepy stuff, some violence, and owls flying at your face in a barn...the audience will work out the ending later.

It's a shame really because I wanted to like this film more than a "five".


(Average 4.69)
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