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John C. McGinley,
In this adaptation of a novel by famous horror author Dean R. Koontz, the story follows Hilary, a journalist who becomes the target of a relentless, incredibly enraged and extremely violent psychopath bent on murdering her at any cost. After several nearly successful attempts on her life, she manages to recognize her attacker as Bruno, a man whom she once interviewed, but fails to understand why he would want her dead. Later, she manages to kill him in self-defense, but then he shows up again, this time seemingly sane and without any knowledge of any of the attacks. The police do not believe her story, but a detective named Tony sympathizes with desperate Hilary and agrees to help her investigate the matters further. They soon realize that Hilary is not losing her mind and that someone - or something - really is trying to kill her and that Bruno's past may very well be the key to solving this terrifying supernatural mystery.
I haven't read the novel, nor anything else by Koontz. Therefore, I cannot comment on how accurate and adaptation this is. I can, however, point out that this really is pretty standard fare, and at times, not even quite that. Let's get the couple of positives out of the way... while the editing and cinematography are average, there are a few cool shots. The mystery is fairly unexpected, and the plot twists are rather surprising. Pacing isn't too bad, and the 90 minutes don't feel as much longer than they are as you'd think. The reasons why this still sucks are plentiful... let's start with the characters. Can someone point me to where Hilary has any personality? Seriously, we're given zero reason to care about her, other than that she's the lead. It seems like she's arrogant, but even that isn't seen that often here. Sarandon is basically playing the exact same role as he did in Child's Play, the cop who's not sure what to believe. His partner is a despicable, intolerable jerk who spends the entirety of his screen-time being a misogynist(seriously, I haven't seen that much hatred towards the gender since Saving Silverman). I'm not sure there's a single likable human being, or one that the audience can relate to, in this whole thing, and most stand out only by the negative(and on notable occasions, downright sick and disgusting) traits. The music is unimpressive and not memorable. That goes for the dialog, as well. Development of any kind is handled in a lazy and careless way. This doesn't really build suspense, though it does try to. The trailer, the only special feature on the DVD, gives exceedingly big hints of what happens, and should probably not be viewed until after watching the movie. This has nudity, for the guys, infrequent, strong language, and some violence and disturbing content. I recommend it only to those with indiscriminate taste, or huge fans of those who had anything to do with making it. 5/10
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