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Posted: Sat Aug 25, 2007 8:57 pm
For jonbly, this worked pretty well - especially the first half of his time in the room. By the time the room is freezing / exploding, though, it's starting to feel a little bit... slapstick?
Posted: Sun Aug 26, 2007 10:22 am
1408 (remember there is NO Thirteenth Floor!) was a very nice big budget one, but I cannot understand why it is the biggest grossing Stephen King film. John Cusack is really good in a one man show for 75% of the film, as the writer of Haunted House guides who does not believe in that sort of stuff. He is strongly advised by Samuel L Jackson's hotel manager not to go into the room. He does. He gets terrorised by visions and then memories. (I agree that the fantasy sequences towards the end diminish the effect of the paranoid tension.)
The only flaw for me was that he had to use his laptop to contact his wife. If only he'd called her up and said "I am coming to New York for the first time since (that thing happened)".
Posted: Tue Aug 28, 2007 1:24 pm
Am a big John Cusack fan but this still just felt like a big budget tv movie.
Posted: Tue Aug 28, 2007 2:21 pm
Kind of enjoyed this one. This was more like a atmospheric building film. Which did not really work for me. Those scenes of him freezing and meeting his daughter was very much drawn out. Like the hotel setting. John Cusack and Samuel L Jackson like always are reliable to deliver a good performance
Again very much a jump free film.
Posted: Wed Aug 29, 2007 12:28 am
a very main stream general audience loving horror film but had a good performance in john cusack and i did enjoy it
Posted: Wed Aug 29, 2007 12:33 pm
Other Stephen King movies (eg The Green Mile) have been more successful at the box office, this was just the highest grossing Stephen King HORROR movie....and i thought it was first-rate, totally carried by an absolute tour de force from Mr Cusack but full of good scares and atmospheric moments. The quieter stuff worked better than the more in-your-face pyrotechnics, but that's just a general trend for ghost movies.
Posted: Wed Aug 29, 2007 1:31 pm
Excellent turn from John Cusack - the Samuel L Jackson in the fridge was bit weird but very good movie all round.
Posted: Wed Aug 29, 2007 1:36 pm
Reminded me of Zool in the fridge in Ghostbusters
Posted: Wed Aug 29, 2007 1:57 pm
Samuel L Jackson is so cool he don't need a fridge
Posted: Wed Aug 29, 2007 3:30 pm
This was watchable but instantly forgettable after leaving the cinema
Posted: Wed Aug 29, 2007 4:11 pm
I enjoyed it when it was just John Cusack in a regular creepy hotel room. When the room started turning into an ocean/the artic/the beach, I tuned out. I did get a shiver down my spine from the dictaphone moment at the end though.
Posted: Wed Aug 29, 2007 7:59 pm
This was above average... I wouldn't rush to see it again but I certainly enjoyed it at the time, and Cusack and Jackson were both good in it.
Posted: Thu Aug 30, 2007 5:51 pm
Reanimator wrote:This was watchable but instantly forgettable after leaving the cinema
I agree - it felt like it went quickly, and I quite enjoyed it at the time despite its many flaws (I'm so glad the 'it was all a dream'/surfing accident aftermath wasn't the explanation for it all, though), but it left my head pretty quickly after leaving the theatre.
Posted: Fri Aug 31, 2007 9:54 pm
I didn't like this one at all. As soon as he crashed onto the beach I knew the bulk of the movie was going to be a hallucination / near death experience kind of thing - which is just another way of saying "It was all a dream".
Some of the early scenes weren't too bad, but as Jonbly says above, it gets silly (Sam in the fridge), and not in a knockabout Black Sheep kind of a way. Disappointing, and I wasn't expected much from it anyway.