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Unbelievably overrated the film that finally prompted me to sign up to IMDb
I came across this movie not because of its (apparently) renowned levels of gore and shocks, but because I had read that it was the best horror movie of the past decade, not best "torture porn" or most graphic, but the best horror. Whoever is responsible for that list is clearly basing his judgements on one thing alone, much like many people here it would seem.
Don't get me wrong, this review is not anti-gore, or even anti gore for the sake of gore (I for one have little problem with films such as hostel, they are 'does what it says on the tin' films, and for more one cannot and should not hope). This film, like martyrs (a better film), is somewhat different. It is actually attempting to make the viewer think or have an opinion, or have a real plot, and it could easily have succeeded; aside from a few relatively minor gripes, the first half an hour of this film is no bad set up, but after that point it becomes clear that the film makers have no clue at all what kind of film they wanted to achieve. We have mystery, suspense, and the beginning of some action, but all intelligent pieces of film making are chucked out of the window as soon as the 'other woman' begins to be followed by the camera.
Without going into details, this film is one of the most frustrating watches in my recent memory. The characters are badly written and their actions not just surprising or questionable, but ridiculous to the point of the film becoming inaccessible. This kind of horror depends on you feeling some level of empathy for the victim, and I had absolutely none, within the first quarter of an hour I thought she was asking for a good smack. (For those who hate even vague hints of spoilers ignore until the end of this paragraph) Similarly, I suppose to some extent we are invited to consider whose side we want to be on, or at least not see the conflict in black and white, between good and evil comic book style. But the invitation is shoddy and it is clear that no effort was put into it at all, and this was to be the climax or pivotal point of the entire film.
I do not speak French, but you can get the idea from the subtitles that the script is almost nonexistent. That, along with any hints at a plot are simply an excuse for the creators to indulge themselves in making a graphically disturbing film and to attempt to coherently string together a number of ridiculous events and shock the audience. As a gore film, it could succeed, if it wasn't for the laughable effects. The CGI baby I see has rightly attracted much criticism, it is unnecessary and only serves to detract from the experience. The gore is almost reminiscent of Kill Bill at times and it would be easy to take the majority of the last 45 minutes as a spoof film.
The music is jarring with no intensity, it makes you turn the volume down not because it is too loud or freaks you out, but because it is annoying. The acting is difficult to assess, because the actors were given such rubbish to work with in the first place and I have not (knowingly) seen them in anything else yet.
I have given this film a 3/10 out of generosity. It is without a doubt worth less than that as a film, if you want to sit down and watch a film. The extra 1 or 2 stars have been awarded because I wonder if I would have been more tolerant of it if I were to go into it expecting a ludicrous gore fest. If you expect nothing better it is harder to be disappointed, but even then, if it is gore on which a film is entirely based, the effects ought to be more realistic, make the viewer cringe from the violence, not from its appalling execution. I could quite easily go on, especially if I wasn't attempting to write a review free of spoilers (not that much ever comes as a surprise in a film like this...) but it would seem that if you are reading reviews like this you have probably already figured out what you are going to do, and this becoming a rant would serve little purpose.
This is a film that appears to have wanted to actually try, but in the end it gets completely lost and loses everything (however little that may be) that it had built up. As a summary I will merely say that I signed up to IMDb after some time of using the website with the sole intention of giving this film a rating and in the end a review, because the 7 or so that it is currently on will lead many more people like me to have some kind of expectations of it which it hardly deserves.
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