Although the dialogue and characters in this movie aren't bad, it's
practically unwatchable due to the lack of plot, and terrible directing
and editing. Here are some problems with this movie: The house has at
least 10 cameras inside, but no smoke detectors or burglar alarm? There
are at least 5 scenes where the heroine tries and fails to open windows
throughout the house. Why? Are they locked from the outside??? In one
scene she unties her boyfriend and his mother and here are their
reactions: The boyfriend sits there all self satisfied, useless and
relieved as if he just got done taking a huge crap. The mother decides
to scream at the top of her lungs as if it never occurs to her to keep
her voice down. Later in the movie the mother inexplicably has a
shotgun (the shotgun was left outside in the previous scene, so how
does the mother who was locked in a cupboard now have it?) In another
scene the bad guy is climbing a ladder to get the heroine. The view
will find himself thinking "Hit him in the head as he is climbing the
ladder" but instead she just screams and cries, even though she already
stabbed him with scissors twice in the previous scene. The viewer
thinks she finally worked up the courage to do something smart or
effective, but no. There were only about 3 good scenes in the whole
movie and here are some other plot holes: The criminals don't bring any
supplies but when they suddenly need a power drill it's just laying on
the table. Likewise when they need gasoline they find a jug of gasoline
in the boyfriends bedroom! ALMOST NO ONE KEEPS JUGS OF GASOLINE LAYING
AROUND THEIR BEDROOM!
There are a LOT of problems with this movie and I don't want to go on forever but perhaps the biggest one that I haven't mentioned yet is the terrible editing/sound. Every shot and every scene, even the mundane ones like an argument between mother and son, has terrible spooky sound effects and noises as if this were a roman Polanski horror film. It might not have been so bad except it's in EVERY scene. So when the bad guys actually enter the house you already want to turn the movie off because you're so annoyed. And the editing: the house has 10 security cameras and every time we are watching a scene through a security camera the image flickers and distorts while all this scary music plays. It's as if they thought they were editing "The Ring". Also, every cut, every dissolve, is done with an accompanying horrible sound effect. This isn't even a horror movie lol! I don't know what they were thinking.
I do want to mention that some of the dialogue and characters are pretty good, although each bad guy inexplicably wants to tell his life story to the heroine. The first time this happens it makes sort of sense cause the guy is really stressed and just sort of talking. But in the very next scene another bad guy tells her his life story! And these stories aren't even interesting they are much like the plot of the movie: nothing happens!
The director apparently did Shakespeare and other off-Broadway plays before this his feature debut. You would think the directing would be better, but I guess all those years of doing plays left him with the unquenchable thirst to add endless sound effects and editing tricks to his first movie. He should have watched Glenn Gary Glenn Ross or The Six Degrees of Separation to learn how to translate play-directing to movie-directing. But he didn't and instead produced this piece of crap movie that I can't believe I finished watching. I'd love to talk about all the plot holes and stupid things that happen in the end of the movie (like the house exploding or the fact that the fire department never comes even though they live in a rich neighborhood). In conclusion, I wouldn't let the director or editor of this movie anywhere near another film project, ever (unless it was like Hellraiser 6 or some other stupid movie where a million spooky sound effects every scene might be fitting. I had a reoccuring thought while I was watching this movie and I still don't know the answer: "Boy that scene had a lot of problems, why didn't anyone care?" Maybe the director will write an essay one day explaining how movies turn out like this.
Action / Crime / Drama / Thriller
Action / Crime / Drama / Thriller
Kelly sneaks into her boyfriend's house but tonight, she's not the only unwelcome visitor. Now, she must draw on her reserves of strength and skills of dexterity to escape. As the situation spirals out of control, the suburban house becomes a terrifying arena for violence.
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