… of Shutter.
Okay, Final Destination was a joke, but Shutter? Well, it was actually half decent. Half.
See, a young, newlywed couple travels to Japan where Dan, the new hubby, is taking a job with a major Japanese corporation, doing photography work for them. One night, on an exhausted drive to a cabin in the woods beneath Mt. Fuji, a young woman appears out of nowhere from the side of the road, and the couple runs her down. Strange events lead to horrifying conclusions, until even Japan’s foremost psychic and spiritualist won’t help them. But there’s more to this ghost story than meets the eye, and the couple soon finds out that old debts aren’t easily paid.
All right, all that being said, this movie wasn’t bad. It wasn’t great either, but what horror movie gets that label anymore? I mean, c’mon. Still, the idea of the ghost haunting people in an active, intelligent sort of way is scary, because hey – who ya gonna call? And there was a bit at the end where I thought the character was out of character, but that’s me. And it was literally right at the end of the movie, maybe a minute or two from the end credits.
The acting? Probably a 7 or 8 out of ten, believe it or not. Not bad. The plot? Hm … a 6 or 7, really. The twist was a bit predictable, but again … this is a horror movie. It’s not too far from trying to figure out the plot of a porn movie, y’know? So I give it high marks. A well-done, fairly written and acted bit of ghostly tale-telling. I’d actually recommend it. The gore factor is low, the tension gets good in some places, and if you’re not like me, you might actually like it.
Now, for those of you who don’t like to be scared, well … we tried to find Gone with the Wind, but it wasn’t there. Sorry. And I sat through Pacino and DeNiro in Righteous Kill, which was more accurately road kill. Ugh. Predictable. Thin. Bad. Shame on those two for ever agreeing to do it. Weak. Lame. Not scary. Check that out if you haven’t already.
I picked up a couple of new movies at the library, and I’m only marginally nervous about movies with titles like Ghost Ship and The Haunting. Pan’s Labyrinth was out too. Of course. But, I did get to see Russell Crowe and Christian Bale in 3:10 to Yuma, which was excellent. Excellent. I highly recommend if you like westerns and haven’t seen it.
So, what about you? Anyone see a good movie over the weekend?
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