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Quite good actually.
on 14 November 2012
I just recently found out that this film is a remake (as a German, when I come to two realizations, namely: 1) the english speaking world's inability to dub movies and 2) the fact that they have so much money lying around that they simply decide to make a full english sequel instead, I know I dont want to live on this planet anymore, but that is a whole different issue. ANYWAY)
I came across this movie almost on happenstance, as it had just begun on tv, and thus, missed nothing. When the movie ended, I was deeply impressed. Let me explain my impressions:
I knew from the beginning that this was going to be a horror movie of some sorts, and so, was initially disappointed when it focussed too much on the concept of the modern world's increasing dependancy on communication devices, whether it be computers, tablets, mobile phones or what have you, and the one thing that connects them all, the internet. The cinematography was also quite depressing, with much of the movie almost shot in greyscale and a bleak environmental palette, run-down and shabby apartments, etc. Couple that with the mysterious suicides and a touch of an undead virus like thing and my disappointment turned to curiosity.
Soon, I was completely hooked. The film very slowly and very carefully builds up a really otherworldly atmosphere - this isn't a movie about aliens, zombies, elves or whatever product of fantasy-land may come to your mind - no, you find yourself looking almost at a mirror of the real world. And yet, it is so otherworldly, almost like you are looking into a parallel dimension where everything is so bleak and greyscale....I found this type of cinematography fascinating and it is probably the best part of the whole film.
As the film progresses, I began to feel as if whatever color was left was drained away more and more - just like the will to live is drained away from the protagonists by the creatures that have been unleashed. I also found the concept of these foes unleashed through the communication network and how suddenly this makes us very, very, very vulnerable in a city, to be very frightening.
The film gets better and better as it progresses, at one point even bringing about a post-apocalyptic cityscape and a desperate race to the heart of darkness to destroy the foe...but the ending "aka Plan B", somehow makes the previous efforts of our heroes questionable at the end of the day, because it is left in the dark whether they were fruitful or not, and I think they could have gone with Plan B from the beginning itself.
The film throws up many questions at the confusing ending, but overall, I would definitely recommend it for people who like depressing atmospheres and suspense and want to watch something strangely familiar, yet otherworldly at the same time.