Innovative and clever. A nice surprise! (by jtindahouse)
It's hard to review a movie like this without giving away any spoilers. The twist is too important to the outcome and quality of the movie. 'Static' revolves around a couple, seemingly living in the middle of nowhere, who have recently lost their son. The same night that the husband has completed his latest book a girl arrives on the couples doorstep asking for help from some masked men who are allegedly pursuing her. And so begins their night of terror.For the next 70 odd minutes, we follow the couple in their attempts to escape the masked men, as we would always expect to do in <more>
this type of movie, however this time somethings different. Somethings not right. The masked men don't seem to be posing any real threat to the couple. They are unarmed and seem to show no real urgency when given an opportunity to capture/inflict harm on either member of the couple. At the time I was putting this down to poor filmmaking, however I would later learn it was to all make sense.So the movie continues with the usual minor twists being revealed ie. the girl at the door is one of them, they've been watching the couple on surveillance all along etc. when something else begins to bug me. What is the point of the dead son storyline. Is it just more average filmmaking trying to add depth to the characters, as in 'Vacancy', or does the storyteller have a little trick up his sleeve to conquer all my doubts.I was delighted to find it was the latter. The twist being that couple we were following all along were actually the ghosts who were struggling to move on, and the masked men and woman were the ghost busters, if you will. Not a completely original twist I won't ruin any other films for you , but what I liked about it was that it didn't cheat. Not only in hindsight did it make sense as much as a ghost story ever can , but it left clues along the way. When a mask is tried on by one member of the couple we see that these aren't gas masks as much as they are for lack of a better term 'ghostspotting' masks. There's also the above mentioned points about the masked intruders never motioning to cause harm to the couple, the male member of the couple's seemingly dead body seen with gunshot wounds in the opening frames of the movie and many more. But the one I like the most is actually the tagline for the movie, "If you hear them coming, you're already dead." There is was staring me in the face on the DVD cover before I'd even opened the case. Very clever.Overall a very good film. I hope a lot of people don't turn it off halfway through out of frustration with what may appear to be poor writing and get through to the end when things are explained. Nothing life changing, but certainly a lot more fun to watch than a lot of these lesser known thriller/horrors are.
A couple hear a knock at the door in the dead of the night.Starring Milo Ventimiglia and Sarah Shahi.Written by Gabriel Cowan, Todd Levin, Andrew Orci and John Suits.Directed by Todd Levin.I really liked this one. It's creepy and scary and the plot kept me gripped all the way through.The acting is good and try as I could I didn't see the twist at the end coming, even though there's a big hint in the opening scenes! It's all been done before of course. A young couple in a creepy house in the middle of nowhere and lots of running and hiding seem to be the staple for a lot of <more>
psychological horror movies. I wanted to grab hold of the main male character several times to tell him to stop being so stupid every time he ventured off on his own, because you know something bad is only going to happen. But what would a horror film be without stupid characters!This is the perfect short movie to curl up on the couch to. Just make sure you turn out the lights and close the curtains to make it even more scary.An enjoyable 7.5/10.
This title was a great all-around title. The acting was good. Direction was good. Sound was absolutely phenomenal listening in 7.1, possibly the best mixing I've ever heard. Loved the sound for SURE. Cinematography was great. Everything else was 7/10 or better including casting etc.The plot was highly original and refreshing. I found the pacing and ending to be perfect despite what a few other reviewers thought. The thing I thought was fantastic was that we've seen movies like this so many times, but not from the perspective of the paranormal entities. The fact that it is not revealed <more>
until the end makes it feel like the masked men/women are the paranormal entities when in reality it's the other way around. I thought that flipping the perspectives like that was what made this movie so brilliant and created the illusion of originality and freshness. I'd like to see this concept applied to other genres/types of films/plots. I think the results could be absolutely brilliant in just a few generic plots I can think of off the top of my head.Well, needless to say I enjoyed this film a lot. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good thriller/sci-fi/paranormal flick.J