Weinstein Company, The | Release Date: October 31, 2008
6.5
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Generally favorable reviews based on 65 Ratings
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ricosalsaJan 5, 2009
The angle with the kids is interesting, as they have great capacity for evil, especially in groups, under the wrong influences. The female lead is a teacher, and should know how to handle kids. This is a good angle that could have rendered The angle with the kids is interesting, as they have great capacity for evil, especially in groups, under the wrong influences. The female lead is a teacher, and should know how to handle kids. This is a good angle that could have rendered an original horror-flick. Unfortunately, it gets cluttered with the typical mix found in too many horror-movies: The victims' irrational, illogical behavior, and utter lack of self-preservation instincts, as they keep messing up, doing the wrong things... and have some bad luck on top of that. This almost fully drows the message in this movie: How the last girl standing should have made different choices. This film is no more than mediocre. A good horror movie should have more going for it than just being painful to watch (which it was, and which may explain its high rating). Expand
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JayHDec 25, 2008
Very gruesome, but also very compelling. Tense British horror film, good acting, great pace. Very good score and cinematography. The brutality of the film gets to you after awhile.
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djalexAug 13, 2010
I gace this film a 5 and not a zero because of the fine work of the actors, editors, cameramen and other technicians.
In fact, even the directing is good for its purpose. This kind of film puts me on the fence because the acting, directing,
I gace this film a 5 and not a zero because of the fine work of the actors, editors, cameramen and other technicians.
In fact, even the directing is good for its purpose. This kind of film puts me on the fence because the acting, directing, and editing are all very good in a lot of these kinds of films. You believe its happening while you watch and you suspect this kind of thing could possibly happen... at least while the film's tension is making you grit your teeth. On the other hand, the whole point of the film and what it suggests is what ruins it. This is torture porn or what I call "The cruelty genre" where humans have absolutely no regard for another human and behave in ways that are very unrealistic in the scope of real life situations. The films character's become so focused on their cruel needs that nothing in the real world intercedes like hunger, boredom, fatigue, distractions, changes in loyalty the fact that someone might sneeze. once the cruel characters start their mission they become demons that never faulter in their quest to inflict harm on the protagonists and this is just stupid. We have seen films make a fine point with extreme violence and the social monsters we create in neglected environments (clockwork orange). How many more of these films do we need to see where the only point is pure manipulation of the audience. The only point is tension itself. There is an old commercial made in the states for Dupont by the agency Young & Rubicam where a voice over tells you how a material made by Dupont is incredibly temperature neutral. They show a metal box made of this material. they show a bunson burner boiling water. they put a baby chick in the box and place the box holding the live chick in the boiling water and the voice over speaks very languidly about the product. the tension is enormous as you feel you are watching this poor little chick die. then they take the box out and the chick is perfectly fine. They sold me. amazing. what is this film selling me? fear and hatred toward the neglected class? please. How many more filmmakers are going to try and say the same thing using human cruelty as their medium. if you need to see this message expressed watch "Funny Games" it has a point and it makes you squirm. IT is probably the last film that should ever be made about callous and mindless cruelty.
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JoellemmOct 6, 2016
The progression of the female lead is impressive, regarding both character and appearance. There are a variety of tense and shocking moments. The film does, however, rely on the viewers fear of Northern youths for its fear factor. WhenThe progression of the female lead is impressive, regarding both character and appearance. There are a variety of tense and shocking moments. The film does, however, rely on the viewers fear of Northern youths for its fear factor. When younger, I was scared of youths like those depicted in the film (chavs), and from personal experience, there was always an alpha male whom everyone sucked up to. Only in packs are they dangerous (this is genuinely the case). This film's use of them as the villains, may be argued as stereotyping, but it could also be seen as depicting the extreme perception people genuinely do have. Using this in the context of a horror is brilliant, because for some (like a younger me), it is a real life fear. Overall though, the film offers little beyond this, and also includes some of the most baffling decisions to be made by characters. It leads to a more frustrating, rather than scary experience. Expand
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