This ghostly thriller limped it's way onto video and DVD last week without
warning, months after it's poor box office performance stateside. But
is the movie simply misunderstood or were audiences right to abandon it?
On first viewing, the film was just an okay way to spend minutes, with
a strong cast and some nice locations to complement the cinematography but
it was ultimately all style over substance.
The premise sees already overstressed college student Katie's (Katie
Holmes) life thrown into turmoil when she begins to receive notes from her
presumed dead boyfriend who disappeared years previously.
The idea of a loved one appearing to physically haunt a person seemed like
an interesting idea but ultimately isn't that interesting to watch. Yes,
Katie Holmes is a good and talented actress who is more than capable of
carrying a film on her shoulders, the only problem is that the film simply
isn't that interesting.
Nothing happens, there are two moments of mild suspense lasting about a
minute each in total and the cast are severely underused in their
respective under developed parts. However, following the advice of a
contact who worked on the film, I must say that I did appreciate it more
the second time and picked up on a lot more of the subtle aspects.
Ultimately the film is so slowly paced that you feel as though you have
been watching it forever by the time you reach the climax. I must say the
ending was satisfying enough, and I did feel a lot of sympathy for Katie
Holmes character, though that is decidedly more to do with her talents
than the scripting.
Not very exciting yet watchable. The good cast leads me to believe that
Director Stephen Gaghan set out to make a better film than we ended up