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A well crafted horror flick, not paint-by-numbers!
I really enjoyed this movie. From many of the reviews, I expected to be more or less of a blood-fest/slasher flick - a form with which I have been bored for decades. My expectations were incorrect.
Most horror films are either bloodfests or thinly disguised morality plays (where the villain is the Catholic church, or corporations dumping toxins into the environment, or doctors manipulating genes, or child abusers, etc). Or both. After you wash all of the blood off, the underlying message such film is in fact strident enough to make the most primitive evangelical preacher blush. "Genes are the purview of the Almighty! If you dare to trifle with God's work, if you invade His holy domain, you will open the very mouth of Hell!"
As was noted by another reviewer, this film is really a Greek tragedy. The essence of a Greek tragedy is the perception that fate may compel men and women to walk down paths not of their choosing. In a Greek tragedy, a character make a series of reasonable decisions, struggling against an inevitable path - a path set by forces beyond the control of the character. The character's destruction is result of their actions and those forces.
In a morality play, the fate that befalls a character is a result of the character's sins (an essentially Christian message). The Greeks had a far darker view of the world.
This moved was not a bloodfest or a morality play - that alone was refreshing.
I am also happy to report that the plot of this film did turn on the stupidity of any of the characters. In many horror films, the plot revolves around someone taking some incomprehensibly stupid action - "Let's get drunk and spend the night in an abandoned insane asylum", "There's a serial killer in the house, let's hide in the basement", "The writing on that coffin is in some ancient and indecipherable language, let's open it."
None of the characters took a particularly moronic course of action. The characters seemed to making the best choice (or at least a reasonably good choice) at each critical juncture; to no avail. Each decision - a decision I could have made - was step farther down the path. That's the essence of a Greek tragedy.
The pacing kept me completely involved. In the end, frenetic pacing is often boring - if I don't have enough time to at least partly process a scene before the next one is shoved down my throat, I start not to care very much about the characters. And endless succession of such scenes eventually becomes a psychedelic flickering snore fest. In this film, I had almost enough time process a scene before the next one came at me - but not quite enough time! I was completely engrossed.
There were a number of nods to the horror film clichés - for example camera shot memes that lead me to expect "Jaws: In the Reeds" or "Children of the Corn: UK Edition". But the film never turned in the expected direction. After one shot, I found myself laughing out loud, because the formulaic shot had lead me to believe that I knew exactly what was coming next - and I was wrong.
I say, "Watch it!"
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