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Could have been a lot better!
on 11 August 2010
Typical of many Stephen King films, the acting is OTT and the dialogue is so cheesy and corny it's unrealistic and laughable, similar to some of his books.
The main character started off remarkably calm and laid back considering a tree had not only fallen on his house, but destroyed most of his paintings too! It's a shame he couldn't have kept this same reserve for the rest of the situations in the film, however he went from one extreme to the other--calm, manic, calm, manic! This made his character unbelievable and the bible fanatic got on my nerves for far too long, I nearly took a shot at the TV myself!
The story wasn't too bad, although this could have been better (how convenient to be trapped in a food store when there are monsters running around outside, at least you would starve!) and if the creatures wanted to get in, they would have smashed though those windows easily. But then of course, we wouldn't have a film, if it was all over that quickly.
The special effects weren't too bad, but there were not enough scary situations and not enough creatures.
Also, I would have liked to have seen more on the scientist's experimentations at the beginning of the film dealing with windows opening to other worlds which supposedly let the aliens through. This would have been a good build-up for the rest of the film, making it more credible. Sadly this didn't happen.
There's only been a few really good King films; The Shining, Carrie and Christine, all the rest are not brilliant, predictable and with bad acting. I feel like screaming when some films have potential that is not quite realised! What a shame!