It was with a whole lot of excitement that I went ahead to watch the movie. Famke Janssen had played an impressive role as ‘The Phoenix’ in X-Men 3 and I was looking forward to something similar this time too.
The story has a slow start; too slow for a horror movie. Marnie (played by Janssen) is returning home from jail after being put under house-arrest. She’d been arrested for the murder of her husband, Mickey, who used to beat her up a lot. She seemed to have filed a 911 report multiple times, but Mickey being a cop himself at NYPD, had arranged it such that his friends got to investigate on the reports.
Shanks is one angry partner of dead Mickey. He blames Marnie for killing him though she has mentioned the fact that she killed Mickey purely in self-defense. The house arrest restricts her to 100 feet and she has an ankle bracelet that goes off if she goes anywhere outside of 100 feet. Shanks is out there looking for an opportunity for Marnie to make a mistake or make a run for it so that he can put her back in jail.
The plot is simple enough and is complicated only by the presence of the ghost of Mickey who’s stayed around the house waiting for Marnie to be back. He then employs various methods of torture as he has a feeling of being wronged, and the fact that he did the same thing before he died anyway.
Without much of a story line, the story drags on and on. It is predictable as far as all horror movies go. There’s just about enough blood spilled and they have put in a bit of twisted bones and a house cat for the sound effects. The effects are nothing great and at places seems a bit overdone. The acting looks the same as in a bunch of other horror movies.
It’s a horror/thriller: the horror is wanting people to watch it and I am thrilled that the movie doesn’t last longer than the 100 odd minutes.
Definitely a must-go if you suffer from insomnia.
Contributed by Rakesh Nair