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1.0 out of 5 stars Unwatchable, 24 Sep 2003
This review is from: Feardotcom [DVD] [2003] (DVD)
While I adore Stanley Kubrick's The Shining, I should preface this review by warning you that I'm not the biggest fan of horror movies, so it's possible that there are connoisseurs who can appreciate Feardotcom on levels I cannot. Possible, but not probable, judging by the vast ocean of negative feedback the theatrical release received.
My partner wanted to see this film and talked me into seeing it. The preview didn't look all that bad, the title amused me, and Stephen Rea happened to be in it, the talented star of The Crying Game. How bad could it be?
Astonishingly bad is the answer, and not in an "oh, but I love bad movies" kind of way. This is a monotonous, dull, confusing trainwreck of a film with nothing to redeem it but the occasional atmospheric camera shot. The plot has something to do with a website that contains a subliminal advertisement which triggers hallucinations of a little girl bouncing a ball. Somehow, these hallucinations lead to the characters' deaths, which didn't happen quickly enough for my liking, as none of them were particularly interesting. Even Stephen Rea fails to generate any real sense of emotion, momentum or (heavens forbid) danger, despite playing as macabre a villain as any in recent memory.
After apologizing for dragging me to it, my partner proceeded to kill the rest of our evening by fuming about what a terrible waste of film it was, and how shamelessly it ripped off The Ring, Poltergeist, Seven, etc. I can safely say I've had better evenings.
Derivative, rambling and incoherent, Feardotcom tries to be genuinely frightening, but succeeds only at being unpleasant. Not recommended.
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