His films are sort of like the filmmaking equivalent to Jordan Belfort's penny stocks and I don't plan on being the sucker who falls for it anymore. If I do choose to see another film of his, which I probably will, I will not pay for it. So let this be a warning to you Fede Alvarez, I will never ever pay to see one of your little to no effort films ever again so you better move to Netflix or Amazon Prime or something if you're looking forward to me even giving it a one or two second thought as to whether I should give it a click, otherwise I will not even give it any consideration.
On the other hand, Claire Foy plays a damaged female equivalent to James Bond. I should write a role like that for her at some point soon. I also have to admit I thought this was way more entertaining than the Fincher adaptation of the book that came before and the Swedish version. However, with material this good I kept wondering why it felt so soulless. Then I thought of Timur Bekmambetov's career and how it turned into the filmmaking equivalent to penny stocks with all his cheap horror films and whatnot. Then I thought about how the same could be said about most thrillers, think of Silence of the Lambs. The first thing you think of might be Hannibal Lecter, who is framed inside of a portrait with little to no production design. Then I thought about Prisoners, same terms apply. However both of those films have something else going on and it's not style over substance.
To sum it up I don't exactly feel like Fede Alvarez is a lost cause, I just feel like I get sold on this idea that never really comes to fruition by the time the movie ends. Whether it is a case of one of the greatest artists of our time being restrained by the studio system or some guy just pitching anything that sounds like a cash grab and doing his thing is something I've been wondering about for years now. I just know there is more to the story that we don't know and I'm pretty sure he does, he just hasn't shared it yet.