Sorry, not sorry...I enjoy this franchise. I thought the movie was pretty intese and even gave some new scares. The new plot ideas, as well as the awesome tie-in to the original make this one of the better horror films I've seen in awhile.
Okay...let me be real here and tell you the only reason I wanted to see this film was for the amazing Mads Mikkelsen...and that is precisely the reason it's worth the watch. There is really no plot and the action sequences are sub-par. Shia Labeouf and Evan Rachel Wood act well and you can tell the director was going for a stylized approach, but it isn't really memorable. If you went to see it for Mads though, you will have plenty to love because he shines on screen.
Certainly doesn't hold a candle to the original, but that's not to say it wasn't entertaining. The plot was a little loose and it wasn't scary, but the ending left me wanting for the next installment...I loved the final words.
Amy Pond is the reason I wanted to see this initially...also I adore horror films. I found the storyline and odd back and forth format to make it all the more dizzying. I loved the fact that I didn't know what was real. It put you right there with the characters in the action. The only reason I didn't rate the film higher is the mish-mash ending. I wanted a little more explanation of things and a little bit more of a creep factor. That being said, I think the film is definitely worth a viewing...just go in open minded.
This book is one of my favorite novels I've ever read. I adore every word. In truth, before seeing the film, I had heard most fans were disappointed...and I was definitely among them. I'll start with the good: the acting is superb as is the cinematography and scenery. The characters are played whole heatedly and in turn, there was still some magic in the film. The music was also lovely, however I wish so much that they would have put in the music Murakami talks about in the book. It would have added much more to the experience. Other than these few things, I have to say, I was very underwhelmed. I don't blame it all on the movie...it would have to be 5 hours long to fit the whole story. What was upsetting was which things they took out, changed, and left out. If I had never read the book, I'm pretty sure I would have had hardly any idea what was going on. It's like they took snippets of the novel and melded them together. The most upsetting were the scenes with Midori. She seemed like just another girl that he knew when in reality, her character is much deeper. Also Reiko. The way they portrayed her character at the end was so disappointing since they changed her reasoning and didn't go into her story in the middle of the film. It is so far less meaningless than it really is. The ending as well, the changes were unneeded and almost dumbed this down to just another sad love story, when in reality it's soooo much more. I adore the actors. They gave their hearts and souls and made the film moving enough, but I wish it would have been more thorough and everything I wanted instead of an altered clip show.