Couple Amy and David Fox(Kate Beckinsdale and Luke Wilson) are forced to leave the interstate and after hitting an animal encounter problems with their car. They come across a garage and the mechanic seemingly fixes the problem. However, a mile down the road and the car breaks down. They return on foot to the garage, but the mechanic has gone home.
They see a motel across the road, and are greeted at reception by creepy Mason(Frank Whaley) who offers them the honeymoon suite for the night. They accept the offer and attempt to settle down for the night.First off, they hear loud knocking on the door of the room, and on the walls, David tells Mason and it stops. Then, David who cant get the television to work, decides to put on a video that he finds on top of the goggle box. Its a home video.People are being killed in it. The room looks awfully familiar. Then theres another knock at the door...
When I watched the superb opening title sequence that brings to mind Saul Bass's best work for Hitchcock, I thought I was in for a real treat. Okay, its an enjoyable enough thriller, with a couple of creepy touches, but it did dissapoint with its lack of scope. It builds up a very tense situation, only to turn into a routine cat and mouse thriller with a lame duck ending. The two leads give good performances, and theres excellent support from Whaley, but I found it all a little familiar.Maybe its just that I'm a little jaded and was over expectant as to what I would see.
Still, an entertaining enough watch, and those opening and closing title sequences sure are good. 3 out of 5