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Open Windows (2014)

Not Rated | | Crime, Thriller | 2 October 2014 (USA)
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A jilted fan soon finds himself pulled into a deadly game of cat-and-mouse after he accepts the opportunity to spy on his favorite actress via his laptop.

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Nacho Vigalondo

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Nacho Vigalondo
2 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Elijah Wood ... Nick Chambers
Sasha Grey ... Jill Goddard
Neil Maskell ... Chord
Adam Quintero Adam Quintero ... Pierre - Triop #1
Iván González ... Tony
Jaime Olías ... Dave
Jake Klamburg Jake Klamburg ... Triop #3 (as Jake S. Klamburg)
Daniel Pérez Prada ... Triop #2 (as Dani Pérez Prada)
Rachel Arieff ... Carol
Michelle Jenner ... Possessed #1
Julián Villagrán ... Possessed #2
Carlos Areces ... Watchman
Raúl Cimas Raúl Cimas ... Survivor
Miguel Noguera Miguel Noguera ... Man on TV
Nacho Vigalondo ... Richy Gabilondo
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An actress named Jill refuses to have dinner with Nick, a fan who won a date with her in an Internet contest. In return, a guy named Chord, posing as Jill's campaign manager, helps Nick to follow in the footsteps of the actress from his own computer. Nick starts a game in which he realizes that he is only a puppet into the maniacal plans devised by Chord, to hunt down the star. Written by Anonymous

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Crime | Thriller

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Official site [Japan]

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Spain | USA

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English | Spanish | French

Release Date:

2 October 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Aciq Pencereler See more »

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€3,000,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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Michelle Jenner, Julián Villagrán: Has 2 of the possessed persons in the first scene. See more »

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[last lines]
Jill Goddard: I'd like to as well.
Nevada: You'd like to what?
Jill Goddard: Disappear.
Nevada: Sure. For how long?
Jill Goddard: Long enough.
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References Star Trek (1966) See more »

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Ghost Rider
Music by Martin Rev and Alan Vega
Lyrics by Martin Rev and Alan Vega
Performed by Suicide
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Poorly written and never recovers from this
29 June 2015 | by jtindahouseSee all my reviews

'Open Windows' was not a bad concept. The 'found footage' genre is still alive and kicking (despite what some may say) and little innovations like this are most welcome. But when the script you're doing it with is as poor as this one was, you're doomed before filming even starts. The dialogue is unbearably bad, the plot is far too convoluted for its own good and not one character has an iota of likability about them. Not a good recipe for a successful film.

There was potential here somewhere. The plot actually had something going for it I'm pretty sure but the execution simply wasn't there. I hadn't even realised it until just now (I didn't even know he was behind 'Open Windows') but I was actually criticising writer/director Nacho Vigalondo for the exact same thing the other day for his segment 'Parallel Monsters' in 'V/H/S: Viral' - a whole lot of potential with no execution. The man obviously has a creative brain but is lacking the filmmaking skills. A real shame.

The acting was pretty feeble. Elijah Wood is incredibly flat and makes the already cringe-worthy dialogue even worse. Pornographic actress Sasha Grey would probably have to be called the stand out performer in this. Don't get me wrong she was nothing great, the rest of the cast was just that bad. She held her own though and I'll be interested to see what she comes out with next. Altogether the film is a complete misfire. The amount of plot holes will give you a headache and for that matter so will every other aspect of the film. Give it a miss.


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