Thursday, 26 September 2013

Review: Vacancy (2007)

IMDB rate: 6,2
Genre: Survival

This movie was recommended to me a few times, so I was quite curious about it. The story seemed interesting and even a bit frightening.
I did not find it a very good movie. It's was unbelievable, it had a very predictable storyline and it was quite boring after a while.

David and Amy Fox find themselves stranded in the middle of nowhere when their car breaks down. Luckily, they come across a motel with a TV to entertain them during their overnight stay. However, there's something very strange and familiar about the Grade-Z slasher movies that the motel broadcasts for it's guests' enjoyment. They all appear to be filmed in the very same room they occupy! Realizing that they are trapped in their room with hidden cameras now aimed at them filming their every move. David and Amy desperately find a means of escape through locked doors, crawlspaces and underground tunnels before they too become the newest stars of the mystery filmmaker's next cult classic!

This movie is quite unbelievable and unnatural. When you find several movies that were filmed in the exact same room as you're standing in, with people in it that are being tortured, why the hell would you not run away immediately?! No instead of running, they are just calmly watching the movies. But of course, it's too late by the time they finally realize this. It was a very irritating start of the movie. At least it's clear that Amy and David never watched a horror movie in their lifetime.
What was also irritating was the fact how the couple got along with each other. They are obviously in the middle of a divorce since they are behaving like shit-heads towards each other. But by this point you know that one of them will get hurt eventually and that they 'suddenly' love each other again. And guess what? I was right!
What would have made this movie a lot better was if there was a very unexpected ending, with mass-slaughter; badass comebacks or something else that's very cool.

The attackers in this movie are quite creepy, this is mostly because of their masks. Also, the motel owner is a scary fellow himself. When Amy and David are waiting in the lobby there's terrified screaming behind the curtain. When they're finally in their room there's a constant banging on their door and on the walls from the next room. Also, the phone is constantly ringing, but when they answer, no one reacts.. I found it quite a good start for the movie, especially when one of the masked men showed up behind David, while there's no other door in the room...
What made me dislike this movie was the unnatural reactions of the couple. Also, when the masked man started to show up they did not really do something scary.

It's quite sad that it suddenly turned out to be a bad movie because the setting was so good. It all started off perfect, but when they finally started to run away from these maniacs it was as if the writer had lost all his inspiration. The acting is quite good, especially from Kate Beckinsale and motel owner Frank Whaley. I was not too impressed with Luke Wilson. He's just more a guy for comedies or something. I'm getting quite tired of his melodramatic face in every serious movie. It's just his face, I know. But it makes it seem like he's over-acting.

I did not really enjoy watching Vacancy because the storyline was a bit boring after a while. Also, the movie is very predictable and contains very unnatural reactions. It started of quite good but suddenly it became a very shitty movie.

My personal rate: 5/10

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