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Having escaped her abusive ex-husband Goss, recently released from state prison, Agnes, a lonely waitress with a tragic past moves into a sleazy, rundown motel. Her lesbian co-worker R.C. introduces her to Peter, a peculiar, paranoiac drifter and they begin a tentative romance. However, things aren't always as they appear and Agnes is about to experience a claustrophobic nightmare reality as the bugs begin to arrive... Written by
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Judd is terrific, the scenario intense, and the first half really gripping...but then...
Underrated movie with a great, unpretentious beginning and a quirky psychological focus that is increasingly unsustainable. I found the beginning with its low-budget feel and gritty realism, and Ashley Judd acting her heart out, really compelling. But of course, watching some apparent low lifes hang around in a modified motel room for a house only goes so far, even when a visitor arrives who is a bit odd and sweet, making you wonder what's next.
And what's next is one main thing--this is part of the problem of the film, that it has just this one thing, in a linear decline and completely inside this single motel room. But what a decline!
It's not fair to say too much about what happens. Even the first signs of trouble should take you slightly by surprise. Opposite Judd is a curious performance by Michael Shannon, who gives his stranger from the dark innocence a perfect calm. At first. As he gets just slightly creepy, he does so with soft intelligence. You can see why the needy Judd goes along, and even shows sympathy for this man's loneliness, which she shares. This is how life works.
But the craziness ensues. There might be some people who watch and think, yes, yes, the conspiracies are real, and this is someone who knows it. But keep watching. The insanity becomes frightful before it becomes untenable. By the time a new character arrives at the very end it is too late not only for him, but for the viewer. It does seem, with all the absolute cinema-verite seeming grit, that the last half hour can't help but seem outlandish, almost silly. It's pretty (lots of aluminum foil and black light) but the movie just wobbles, and you watch with fascination rather than concern.
Notes? Well, this is directed by the guy who has one single astonishing film to his credit, the origina "The Exorcist." Like that movie, this is about a person taken over by inside forces, and how the world reacts to them. But "The Exorcist" had a bigger cast and a far more layered plot with subplots and some pretty scary implications. Here it feels more like a kind of "Paranormal Activity" exercise, kept small and affordable and held back by just those limitations.
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