Reviewed by Nathan Johnston
Rating: 4 Beans
t has been a while since I saw this movie and when I did I was in tears. The reason for this emotional outburst was three fold. Firstly, the movie was boring and plain ordinary. The second two stem from the fact that such a ordinary movie could be made starring such a good actor (Denzel Washington) and focusing on such a good topic (angels, demons... the basic paramormal unexplainable bit).
This movie was such a disappointment as it was poorly done. The mystery regarding the force which John Hobbes (Denzel Washington) was up against was not built up enough. This and the rest of the movie plod along at a slow pace until Hobbes finds out only the bare minimum about the demon he is facing. Then comes the finale, then ... nothing, the movies over. Until that point, the movie drags on and on for ages and just as when you think that you're going to find out something interesting, its over and you reailse that small teaser explanation you got an hour earlier is all your gonna get. Damn that pissed me off. I was hoping that the explanation would go into the bare bones of the topic.
The demon and general background about this topic were not explained nearly enough for my satisfaction. Its more mentioned in passing than explained. This was nowhere near good enough to keep a big supernatural buff such as myself entertained... I felt as though I'd been ripped off. For a movie that was billed as a paranormal thriller it played out like a paranormal drama at best and a paranormal dud at worst.
Another HUGE annoyance was the setup of the movie. There is the biggest instance of foreshadowing (you'll understand it when you see it) in a movie that i've seen since I Know What You Did Last Summer... I hate that when they do that, it leaves nothing to your own train of thought. I think that it also highlights how weak a movie is when they have to explain everything so there are no loose ends. It left me bitterly unsatisfied. On top of that there is a sub plot/story involving Hobbes and his brother that is developed way too much. Granted it is needed in the movie, but it is focused on too much and takes valuable time away from finding out about the good stuff (the supernatural that is).
This movie can best be described as very ordinary. Watch it if you want to see how badly a good idea can be screwed up.
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