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The Strangers (2008)
Pitiful Excuse for Entertainment
I like horror films; they're my favorite genre. But this movie was a disappointment.
When I see a film, I'm at the very least hoping for at least one of three things: a really beautiful aesthetic look, a good story or great action. This movie had none of those.
Following in the well-worn footsteps of Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Strangers is all about jumping in front of the camera a bunch of times, waving knives. You're waiting for story development, but it never comes. Suspenseful, yes. Interesting, only because you want to know one thing: Why.
Liv Tyler is a big enough name that I was really hoping for a good script. She can afford to be choosy about what roles she plays. But she spends the entire film, (save about one minute) either crying, screaming or some catatonic mix of both. Not fun or entertaining.
Spoilers... if you call it that. The shocking twist of the story is that there is no point. They just feel like terrorizing people. The 'strangers' zip about with superhuman stealth... despite being clearly just wanton humans. 50 minutes of 'I'm gonna stab you!'-type shots, then they finally do some stabbing.
The thing that made TCM work is that people had seen of that kind of film before. It was new, innovative... even if it really 'torture suspense' was poor entertainment. Unfortunately Strangers is 30 years to late to cash in on that fad.
I (and by the looks on people's faces leaving the theater, everyone else around me) felt ripped off. The only reason I stayed in my seat was because I hoped for story resolution. It didn't come.
So it comes down to this: If you're really interested in watching nothing more than some people getting terrorized and murdered, you might enjoy The Strangers. But come on, is that entertainment?
The Privileged Planet (2004)
Re: Haters--grow up.
Yes, it is an intelligent design film and it makes no pretenses about it. If it were trying to be deceptive or misleading, it would not be named after the book, nor would it feature the author!
Production value? It was non-profit. Read the label.
Yes, it has an agenda. Films with an agenda are not a bad thing! Pro-evolution films push an atheist agenda. ID films push a creationist (though not necessarily Christian) agenda. Michael Moore films push an anti-Bush agenda. Get over it; the filmmakers hold beliefs. It's within in their right to showcase them. Go make your own "Case for Cro-Magnon" if it bothers you that much.
And please use spell check before posting, kids.
Most everything great about the film has been highlighted by other reviewers, so I won't parrot them. Some of the animations were repeated, and the music got a bit repetitive after a while. But I'm being nit picky. It was a great educational film, made by some very intelligent people.