A fun movie that is a little too clever for its own good.
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So there is a group of five friends (well, one is new to the group), Dana (Kirsten Connolly), Curt (Chris Hemsworth), Jules (Anna Hutchison), Holden (Jesse Williams) and Marty (Fran Kranz) and they are going to a cabin that Curt’s cousin has just recently purchased. On the way there they meet a local man named Mordecai (Tim De Zarn) who warns them to stay away. Of course they don’t and when they get there and that is when some strange things start happening. While this is going on we are also watching two guys, Gary (Richard Jenkins) and Steve (Bradley Whitford), who are working for a “company” and they are trying to get things to fall into place, because if they don’t something bad might happen.
Normally I would go into more about the plot but this is a movie that would be ruined if I actually said any more. It’s not like the movie has a twist ending or anything like that, but it’s more fun to watch the movie unfold and learn exactly what is going on as it moves along. Now even if you have heard what happens and what is going on you should still check it out because it really doesn’t take that much away from it.
The cast does a really great job (for the most part), with a few hiccups here and there. Chris Hemsworth does have a problem trying to hide an accent and it does kinda throw you off when it creeps into a scene, but it’s nothing too destructive. The two actors that really make the movie as good as it is are Richard Jenkins and Bradley Whitford. Throughout the movie they are fun to watch and the way that they play off of each other is great. Both of them own their characters and have a lot of fun with them. Now the character that bothers me the most is Marty. Fran Kranz does a fine job acting and it really doesn’t fall on him, it’s more the character itself. From the beginning of the movie you can tell that this character was specifically written by Joss Whedon and all he really gives us is a bunch of one-liners. The character loses his fun after about five minutes and then after that you just want him dead. But he’s around for way too long for our own good.
The movie does a good job of mixing practical with CG and it works for the most part. Normally I am not a fan of CG but when the movie becomes a CG fest it is completely understandable why they went down that route. What happens would pretty much be impossible (or look extremely silly) if it was done with practical alone so the CG actually works in their favor.
As I said before it’s pretty hard to talk about the movie without giving a lot away (but it’s not a twist ending like The Sixth Sense or anything like that) so I will say that the movie is pretty good and there are a bunch of high points to it, but when it reaches the third act it really loses it for me. It’s not that the movie becomes extremely shitty; it’s that it just becomes really silly. It also does have the problem that most Joss Whedon projects have. Really lame reasons for things being able to happen is what really plagues the last third of the film and I was groaning throughout, then again the ending is actually pretty good.Have You Read...?