I was expecting one of two things, either a supernatural demon/spirit filled journey into the depths of hades, or a slasher film. 1408 was neither (although closer to the former than the latter). Think The Shining meets Identity.
John Cusack one-mans most of the movie (based on a short story by Stephen King) and does a great job at it. He plays a cynical author who wishes he would find something supernatural at one of the hotels he visits so he can write about it and sell copies of his books. It’s a great story that will definitely make your hair stand up the next time you visit a hotel, be it the luxurious Dolphin Hotel in downtown New York or your typical Comfort Inn along the interstate. The visual effects are top notch, but it’s what we aren’t actually shown that gets into our minds and frightens us. This is a psychological thriller, and the best part about it is the potential for discussion after the movie is over.
While there are good things to be said about a movie that confuses you and causes post-film discussion, sometimes it can be bad if there’s too much convolution. 1408 borders on too much. I wish Cusack’s character would’ve been cynical for longer, instead of giving up so soon into the film. Once the main character loses grasp of the situation and we start to see the evil face to face, it somehow becomes less scary. The scariest part of scary movies is always the first half, and I think they could’ve stretched the first half into the first three-quarters if they tried a little harder.
Acting – no beratings
Plot – 1 berating
Inconsistencies – 1 berating
Unbelievable Events – 1 berating
Schematics – no beratings
Recommended Investment = See it at the Five Buck Club
0/10 Stand in line for the very first showing
1/10 See it the first weekend
2/10 See it at full price
3/10 See it at the Five-Buck-Club
4/10 See it at the dollar-fifty
5/10 See it OnDemand
6/10 Rent it from Blockbuster
7/10 Watch it on TV
8/10 Watch it purely for spousal points
9/10 Never watch it
10/10 Buy it and publicly destroy it
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