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3.0 out of 5 stars An interesting movie, but no must-have, 1 Aug 2003
This review is from: Spider [DVD] [2003] (DVD)
Spider came highly recommended by a number of sources, but it couldn't quite live up to my expectations. The movie tends to focus more on the dramatic aspect than on horror, unlike other 'reality-bending' movies like Jacob's Ladder and Frailty, which I am really fond of. These movies have, for one, in common that only at the end the viewer discovers what was real and what was not. The twist at the end of all three movies is suprising and disturbing, but Spider is least thrilling toward the conclusion, making that conclusion less shocking. In fact, if it wasn't for the great acting performances (Fiennes!), the music by Howard Shore (LOTR) and the atmospheric setting, the film would be quite boring. I also didn't understand the meaning of the flash-backs to Spider's time in the asylum to his story as a whole. Perhaps discovering that is what makes the film worth watching a second time.
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