Steve Hutchison reviews 100 amazing monster films from the 1990’s. Each film is analyzed and discussed with a synopsis and a rating. The movies are ranked from best to worst. How many have you seen?
It's not what you think...
I’m never sure what to suggest or reveal with a film like this one, because whatever the twist is, and it relies heavily on it, the final answer will, at some point, cross your mind. Is Halle Berry crazy, amnesic, haunted, dead, even, or gaslit by doctors for whatever reason? The ending might be quite a reveal, but it probably won’t be a complete surprise. So, what’s your theory?
The plot fits in the palm of your hand, yet finds ways to complexify itself to ridiculous extents because, well, this is a big budget feature film. We’ve got three big names, here; Halle Berry, Robert Downey Jr., and Penélope Cruz. Berry aside, for whom this is a defining role, their talents isn’t put to good use. They hold back. The camera just doesn’t love them.
This is a prison movie disguised as something else. Something supernatural. It’s claustrophobic, it’s frightening, it’s upsetting, it’s frustrating, and it’s sad. This film sucks when it gets extreme and sensational, and it does quite a bit. It’s doesn’t want to be every other ghost film, so it goes all out. Sometimes, less is more. Sometimes, less is scarier.