Starring Dennis Quaid, Sharon Stone, Stephen Dorff, Juliette Lewis, Kristen Stewart, Ryan Wilson, Dana Eskelson, Christopher Plummer
Directed By: Mike Figgis
Studio: Disney / Buena Vista
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The basic plot of this movie has been done before, not directly but bits and pieces of it make it completely unoriginal. Short synopsis: A family relocates from the city to an old abandoned house in the country that was once a grand estate. As they begin to renovate the place they discover their new home has some dark secrets of a horrific past, and it’s former owner returns to take back what was once his.
“Damn that Russell Crowe! Why did he send me a sex picture with him and Meg??!!”
Where do I begin. It’s not like this movie was horrible, it just could have been A LOT better. My main problem was that there was absolutely no explanation as to what the hell happened in the house. You find out briefly what happened, but you’re soon wanting more. Why did it happen? What else went on there? What happened afterwards? This is one of those movies that definitely could have used some flashbacks or something…something more than what it gave.
The acting was fine, nothing superb, nothing horrid. I just still can’t get past the no explainations part. Oh well, I’ll live. It was highly predictable and left barely any suspense. After writing this, I don’t think I really did like this movie. I’ll have to watch it again, next time with another person so I can discuss it more.
Now let’s get onto the features of the DVD. Why bother putting them on when they suck? There’s an alternate ending, but just like every other DVD, there’s a reason why they don’t keep it. Same with the deleted scenes. Who even cares about the behind the scenes feature. If you watch it, you’re just going to want to hit them while seeing how they made this pointless movie. Maybe I’m being too harsh. But hey, you’re reading this because you want the truth.
n- Deleted Scenes
n- Rules Of The Genre Featurette
n- Cooper’s Documentary
n- Audio Commentary With Director Mike Figgis
n- Bonus Alternate Ending
ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 CC
FRENCH: Dolby Digital Stereo
Widescreen 1.85:1 Color (Anamorphic)
Favorite Scenes: The end credits
Rating: Rated R
Running Time: 119 minutes