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PLOT: A group of friends gather for a weekend at a secluded cabin, but things go south when everyone starts disappearing in the blink of an eye (pun intended).

I have mixed feelings about this one. First of all, I just really wish I knew the how and the why of everything. Sure, there’s some value in a mystery, but the movie seems to be playing but a certain set of rules, a set of rules that we are never privy to. Do people disappear when everyone stops looking at them? Do they have to blink while nobody is looking at them? What’s with the changing weather and how does that relate to people disappearing. I really wish I didn’t have so many questions when this movie ended.

On the other hand, I thought there were moments when this movie worked as a character study. This movie basically just becomes a “what does everyone do when shit goes down” sort of story. In that, I think there’s some definite interest. I really enjoyed Zack Ward’s scene-chewing performance; he’s the one that goes the furthest off the deep end, but there’s some sort of nihilistic truth to how he reacts to the situation going on around him. There are also some really good character moments between the two characters that hold out the longest, while they wait for the cops to show up.

 

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There’s not that much gore to speak of in this movie, as most people in the film just vanish without a trace. There’s one moment where a character gets dragged out of the house, leaving behind a trail of blood, but not much more than that.

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Gore Rating: 1.5 out of 5

 

scares

Unlike other “cabin-in-the-woods” movies, this one doesn’t have a killer stalking everybody in his path. This is more of a character study and the horrors are really more mental. It’s a movie about the inevitability of one’s death and “disappearance”, but not particularly scary.

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Scare Rating: 0 out of 5

 

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There’s a very quick sex scene between characters Ella and Jack, but there’s not much to speak of in the nudity department.

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Sex/Nudity Rating: 2 out of 5

 

OVERALL

This movie does a good job of being the minimalist movie that it set out to be and I really wanted to like this movie more than I did. I just wound up walking away with too many questions and not many answers. While there is room for some mystery and interpretation, it feels a little bit like a cop out to not reveal anything.

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Overall Rating: 5 out of 10

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