Saturday, December 19, 2009

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This would-be creepy thriller stars Brittany Murphy as a psychologically scarred screenwriter whose time in a secluded country house is interrupted by a box of videotapes that show another deteriorating relationship. Writer-director Sean McConville can’t make the clich├ęd haunted-house plot fresh, instead relying on dull cross-cutting between increasingly horrifying events on tape and the disturbed woman watching it all. The game Murphy is stuck in an essentially passive and reactive role; the rest of the cast tries but can do little with trite material. On Blu-ray, the movie has a shimmer that can’t overcome script holes; the lone extra is brief making-of featurettes. originally posted on timessquare.com

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