Do you ever get that weird adrenaline after watching a trailer? Like you need to talk about it immediately and your fingers are twitchy and your nerves are all on edge? That’s what I felt watching this trailer (watch here) and I can’t really pinpoint why. I always love psychological thrillers, I love things that unnerve me – even though I hate horrors. But this film looks like it could either be one to remember or one to file away along with the others that had a promising trailer where the film couldn’t deliver.
So, let’s get to it.
- It’s not a remake.
A big critique that I saw of this film is that it’s a remake. This isn’t actually the case – it’s a sequel. The Kiefer Sutherland film was released in 1990 and a lot of the comments on Youtube were disgruntled 90’s film fans groaning about yet another remake. But, if rumours are to be believed Kiefer Sutherland is going to be reprising his role within the film. How this will work is yet to be seen.
2. The concept is terrifying.
As a woman of faith, I know what I believe about the afterlife. But the thought of scientists getting together and literally putting their lives into each other’s hands is fascinating to me. As well as terrifying. It looks like it’s going to be nail-biting with a lot of will-she, won’t-he moments that are going to leave us on the edge of our seats.
3. Nina Dobrev branches out.
I might be completely wrong but I haven’t seen Nina in much aside from the Vampire Diaries and I’m excited to see what she will do with the role and how she’ll make it her own. I always love watching actors break away from their known franchises (Daniel Radcliffe, Zac Efron, Dylan O’Brien, etc.) but I think she’ll be particularly interesting to see as she is by far one of the best actresses on the Vampire Diaries. I believe her film career could go far without Ian Somer-holding her back.
4. The music is still in my dang head.
That really annoying flatline-sound-singing is still in my head and I turned the trailer off about half an hour ago. It was the only thing I didn’t like about the trailer and it’s a silly thing to annoy me but here I am, seething and thinking of a way to get it out.
5. I love the use of unknown actors.
Don’t get me wrong with my use of the word ‘unknown’. They might all be in a lot of films that I just haven’t seen but the point I’m trying to make is that there isn’t a Jennifer Lawrence nor a Chris Pratt to be seen in this film and I really like that. It makes the film feel more secular and indie. Which gives it its own charm, in a way. I don’t know – I’m weird like that.
What did you guys think of the film? Will you be going to see it?
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