Lions Gate Films | Release Date: April 12, 2002
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DHEDec 3, 2011
This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. A bait-and-switch contrivance of the worst kind. (Is there a good kind?) The creepy religious weirdness that characterized the bulk of the movie was an accurate - and disturbing - cautionary tale about how faith and belief untethered to objective reality morphs seamlessly into bat-**** crazy. Unfortunately, there are plenty of people like those depicted in the film (some of them are currently running for president), so the apparent message of the film would have seemed to be: watch out for nut-jobs masquerading as good God-fearing people. I say apparent because this prevailing theme gives way in the end to its opposite. Namely, no matter how crazy you thought these people were, you were wrong: they were actually doing God's handiwork. Really. So I guess regardless of how irrational people might seem, who knows, they may just be taking orders from God. This is not a plot twist; it's a plot reversal. Or a sick joke. If you're truly religious, I don't see how you could make it through most of this movie. If you're not, you'll be thoroughly disgusted with the ending. If you're neither, maybe this is the movie for you. Expand
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ariel84May 12, 2014
matthew mconaughey being rust cohle, that is, acting inscrutable, showing little emotion, and coming off as nicely creepy years before he realized roles like this were his calling. he's the only reason to watch the film. m. night shymalanmatthew mconaughey being rust cohle, that is, acting inscrutable, showing little emotion, and coming off as nicely creepy years before he realized roles like this were his calling. he's the only reason to watch the film. m. night shymalan covered this these far more effectively in "unbreakable". Expand
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WillAMar 16, 2009
I was encouraged to watch this movie, and afterwards, i thought less of the people that recommended it. The way the movie shows the dad (who's obviously mental) abusing his own kid, and killing people.. It is just tiring. The amazing I was encouraged to watch this movie, and afterwards, i thought less of the people that recommended it. The way the movie shows the dad (who's obviously mental) abusing his own kid, and killing people.. It is just tiring. The amazing twists and turns never materialized. It was pretty predictable. And at the end, it shows the security cameras being fuzzed out as if "g o d" (the catch-all for a cosmic genie) protected the killer.. So Bill Paxton, i have a question.. What message or idea were you trying to convey with this movie? As your first great memorializing motion picture, what were you trying to accomplish? The message i took from the movie is that Its ok to abuse and kill others if your imaginary friend tells you to do so.. Or maybe you weren't out to make a statement at all. Maybe you simply wanted to scare people. Either way, coming from a director that comes off like he's out to save the world, and "GOD" is giving him revelation, i dont see how this $11,000,000 project bettered the world in any way. Expand
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