(2007, Mikael Håfström)
This is the type of movie John Cusack must now make in order to finance pet projects like Grace Is Gone. Fine, just don’t expect me to like it.
That said, sort of a one-of-a-kind type of film, a potential tour-de-force for an actor in a locked room. And it isn’t so much that Cusack bungles it — rather, director Håfström and the source material by Stephen King don’t give him enough to work with.
Minor spoiler below the jump…
It’s a ghost story that falls apart right after the first act. It’s funny how the script actually even acknowledges this. With a tense musical buildup, and a CGI shot from inside the lock of a key entering it, our protagonist enters the so-called “evil fucking room”, peers around and declares “This is it?”
And thus endeth my pithy commentary.