Don’t Look Up

Don't Look Up

Don’t Look Up (2009)

A troubled director becomes obsessed with remaking an old horror film which was supposedly cursed.  His new vision for the film may be just as cursed, though.

A legendary Hungarian director set out to film the tale of a gypsy curse in the 1920s. He and his crew disappeared and the film was lost.  Now, a young director wants to recreate that story and has been given the chance of a lifetime – the opportunity to do just that on the same old set where the original was being filmed.  As the story unfolds, old shots from the original film are found intermingled with the new footage, changing the director’s vision as he goes slowly mad trying to recreate the exact vision from the original film.  As the gypsy curse surrounding the story unfolds, the cast and crew begin to disappear or meet gruesome fates in the drive to a time-shattering finale that will merge the world of past and present with a slice of Hell.

Trust me when I say that I just made this film sound FAR more gripping than it really is.  A remake of a Japanese film of the same name, this film takes an interesting premise and beats it to death with an array of uninteresting cardboard characters.  The only character who shows any depth is the director, but he is overwrought and under-performed.  The only performance that doesn’t feel like actors doing a walkthrough is Henry Thomas, who tries his best to keep the production on track both in the movie – as the fiercely driven producer who bankrolled the project – and in real life, as the only talent on display.

In a word, this is boring.  There are moments which seem to promise a coming payoff, but it never happens.  There’s potential, but it’s never realized.  As if sensing that, the film’s conclusion goes completely overboard and tries to be much smarter than it ever was up to that point.  Disappointing all around, when you’re looking for some horror fare to watch on a dark and stormy night, keep your head down and walk past this one.

Stars: 2/5



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