Fast & Furious 6
The Hangover Part III
James E. Laczkowski
The explanations for what has been going on are weird, fantastical and sort of reasonable, within the context of the story, maintaining the film's sense of grounded directness up to the very end.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
McCarthy is clearly an economical director and what he gets on screen here - while hardly new - is still effective and occasionally creepy.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
A tightly controlled low-budget chiller whose occasional moments of unexpected special effects are set up beautifully by long periods of suspense.
In the end, like a lot of genre movies, this one pulls from different inspirations, and so weighs in, by turns, as overly predictable and satisfyingly recognizable (part of genre cinema's one-two punch).
| Original Score: 3/5
In truth, there's nothing here we haven't seen before. But McCarthy, who also wrote the straightforward script, keeps the pace moving and the atmosphere eerie (if rarely terrifying).
There's no pact in The Pact, which is indicative of this faux spooky tale's guiding illogicality.
This haunted house movie achieves a frightening intensity with limited means, but also feels under-characterised and overstretched.
Basic, efficient little horror item scares up a few little shocks, possibly enough for a modest commercial career.