Overall Rating: 5/5
March 11, 2016
Dir. Dan Trachtenberg
Rated PG-13 (for thematic material including frightening sequences of threat with some violence, and brief language)
Let me start off by saying that this is a great standalone film. You don’t need to have ever seen J.J. Abrams’s Cloverfield to understand and enjoy this one. Regardless of what you’ve seen, get ready for one hell of a ride.
This is definitely one of those films that is difficult to talk about without ruining it, yet it is a great “discussion film,” making it hard not to talk about. There are some flawed moments in this film, yes, but they weren’t obvious enough to take away from the overall quality or effect that the film was going for. In fact, I was only able to catch a few brief stumbles in plot delivery during my first viewing. John Goodman delivers a compelling performance and is an unexpected facet of this modern thriller gem.
As a suspenseful film, it deftly offers the viewer just the right amount of comfort through knowledge to feel satisfyingly affected when the pace changes or when the plot turns. If you like mystery, suspense, and/or horror and having to pay attention in a film, then this one is an absolute treat. It’s also one of the best of its kind to come along in a long while and is no less intense for not having an R-rating.