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Open Windows (2014)

Not Rated | | Crime, Mystery, 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 overview, first billed only:
Elijah Wood ... Nick Chambers
Sasha Grey ... Jill Goddard
Neil Maskell ... Chord
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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An earlier version of the film was done with actors Jerónimo Salas as Nick Chambers, Julia Peti as Jill Goddard and the rest of the cast played by the visual effects crew. This version was done to help Nacho Vigalondo and the crew to create the final final. See more »

Goofs

Tony manages to gain access to Nick's room by going down to the reception after finding out through them which room Nick is staying at. Hotel staffs are not allowed to give guests access to rooms themselves other than those they had booked for. See more »

Quotes

[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 Speed (1994) 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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Techno-thriller with an original and ingeniously basic premise full of suspense and intrigue
4 April 2015 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

Nacho Vigalondo's Open Windows opens on an extremely promising note plenty of twists , turns and surprises . This is a Techno-thriller that addresses questions of life , computers , fans and belief against a strange antagonist . A jilted fan called Nick Chambers (Elijah Wood) soon finds himself pulled into a twisted chase after he accepts the opportunity to spy on his favorite player called Jill Goddard (Sasha Grey) via his laptop . As it takes place on a variety of screens and locations using different types of footage .

This Spanish/US co-production succeeds because of the thriller , tension , Kafkaesque suspense , as well as an interestingly written script concerning a complex intrigue in which our protagonists are in such extreme situation and their subsequent instinctive urges for survival . This laptop-set thriller deals with a deadly game of cat-and-mouse in which video cameras capture everything , and the internet has turned into a cesspool of surveillance that's hundred times more horrifying than Leatherface's dugout . We immediately see that the story is going to be told from some unorthodox perspectives as each scene is broadcast through a window on a computer monitor . Despite its average budget the picture manages to be intelligent , intriguing and thrilling but also a little bit boring and hard to follow . The good thing about this film is that the director made it on a limited budget only having to do a few sets , yet the movie works on many levels but is constantly reconfigured . Looking for a monologue from Elijah Wood you'll get it in the form of a confessional style Webcam appearance . There is here in separate windows featuring a Webcam feed , even the action sequences are showcased in this format . In spite of being technically a "Techno thriller", the film nods at everything from a technological world to Hitchcock to Giallo . The final result is an offbeat thriller that's captivating , in spite of not being all that fun or especially thoughtful , neither thought-provoking .

The motion picture was original and innovately directed by Nacho Vigalondo . Here Nacho adapts to the times and find thriller/action/mystery in the ways people are living today . Filmmaker Vigalondo manages to not seem completely daft and he is attacking our vulnerability online by setting his Techno film entirely unsettling . This picture relatively cheap was tautly written and directed by Nacho Vigalondo in his third movie , his first was the international hit titled ¨Time crimes¨ with Karra Errejalde , Barbara Goenaga and going on ¨Extraterrestrial¨ with Michelle Jenner and Julián Villagrán , both of them showing up in ¨Open Windows¨ as guest stars . Nacho , who usually turns up in his movies at brief appearing , is a good young filmmaker , a little prolific director because being usually writer for television and shorts filmmaker , he has only realized three films . ¨Open windows¨ is without a doubt a weird , mysterious film to be liked for thriller and suspense fans , turning out to be one of the most original Spanish movies of the last years . Rating : 6 . Acceptable and passable .


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Release Date:

2 October 2014 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

EUR3,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,750

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$550,108
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