I had such high hopes for this film. Joss Whedon is one of my all time favorite writers so I expected something much more intelligent and witty. Instead what I got was a pathetic attempt at making fun of horror movie stereotypes with a "twist ending" that wasn't all that much of a twist because they gave away too much from minute one.
The ONLY two likeable characters are the ones who make it to the end and even then they don't do too much to really endear them to you until the last 15 minutes of the film. When are more writers going to understand that a horror film is scarier when you actually *like* the characters?
Not once while watching this movie was I scared. I never once had my heart pound in aticipation of the moment. It's more like something you would expect to be on Saturday Night Live than a feature film. I was also really shocked to see Weaver in something so beneath her talent level.
Maybe I'm just horribly desensitised to gore but it really doesn't frighten me unless there's some kind of mental aspect to the scene. The only movie I've ever watched that (As an adult) truely scared me was "The Grudge". Never underestimate the power of jumping out from behind a bush and saying "boo", people. It's often more the unknown that scares people, rather than constant on screen slash and gut.
The "twist ending" was certainly original. I will give it that, but while it was a good concept, it was badly executed. And come ON; an organization trying to save the world by sacrifices of this kind would not act like they were running the Super Bowl. Everyone in those offices was an asshole. Seriously? Gimme a break.
And really, did we NEED the F-bomb that often? If you need to put "fuck" in every fourth sentence you are seriously lacking something as a writer.
I gave this 2 stars because the reason for the killings was at least original but for something by Joss Whedon it fell flatter than an anorexic piece of paper.