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½ June 26, 2012
Deadline- In a nutshell

Starring the late Brittany Murphy and Thora Birch, deadline follows the story of a screenwriter who travels to an abandoned house to finish a script on time, but a strange series of events leads to her psychological breakdown.

Throughout this film I was just waiting and waiting for this film to kick in with it's main plot and driving force, but before I knew it , the film had ended and I was sitting their baffled and unsatisfied. The stories so lack-luster, it's transparent and easily predictable. The acting is also poor, it almost seems like none of the actors/actresses want to be their, all the performances are half-hear ted and very unbelievable. In a film about a screen writer it's also ironic that the screen writing in this film is one of the worst I've ever seen. Filled to the brim with film cliches and awful dialogue.

The only light relief comes at the end with a small twist, that will keep you thinking for literally minutes until you understand it, it won't leave you open mouthed, it will just leave you thinking 'ohhh....is that it?'

30%- No passion what so ever in this unoriginal cliched bore.

Calum Russell
½ June 14, 2012
Had some twists and a creative storyline. but the movie was pretty mediocre. Scenes dragged on longer than they needed to and to be honest not much really happened... The videotapes were unconvincing and pretty boring as well....
May 31, 2012
Unimpressive mystery horror.
½ May 13, 2012
Everyone should watch this, you never know what's going to happen next, what twist or anything. Very good. r.i.p Brittany.
½ May 8, 2012
Extraordinarily boring spooky/thriller. Drags horribly for the first hour and gets worse from there as they seemingly had so little plot and no idea of tension building.
May 5, 2012
This was just awful. Truly, truly awful.
April 26, 2012
Trots out every cliche in the book.
April 16, 2012
I find it sad that this was one of Brittany's last films before she died. Not much to be remembered... I found it to be extremely slow so I would recommend not watching this one if you're tired or it may put you to sleep... Also, it wasn't real original. Nothing that hasn't been done many times before. Brittany was a great actress but this wasn't a great movie.
April 15, 2012
good if you want a spooky movie on a dark night. However, acting is abyssmal! Plot is pretty sketchy too...
April 11, 2012
Literally, who cares what happens in this. Poorly developed twist - just utterly pointless
April 1, 2012
One of those movies where at the end you're like, "wait a minute ... does that mean...??!"
½ March 4, 2012
I am not sure how Murphy was always cast in these roles because they were not right for her. This is very slow and involved around only one character slowly losing her mind. Or is she? Where is the resolution at the end of this movie?
February 25, 2012
Tiresome ghost story thats been recycled more than the loo rolls used in your average public lavvy.
January 21, 2012
If you pay attention there is a pretty interesting story except the action is very limited and you are sitting there waiting for something to happen. Up until the end, the action is absent and if you are interested in blood, gore, and unlimited ghouls, this is not for you. I will give it this, there were many suspenseful sequences that made me on edge, but those moments alone weren't enough to make this into an above average film. This movie wasn't bad, it just wasn't great either.
½ January 21, 2012
terrible terrible terrible.
January 11, 2012
Overall, a piece of garbage. A decent premise undergoes a metamorphosis and turns butt-ugly with a couple of fatal flaws, which make for a very unsophisticated movie.

Hypothetically speaking, the police would have conducted at least a superficial search of the premises shortly after the disappearance of the couple. They would have surely noticed the disturbed topsoil juxtaposed over an impeccably green and fastidiously maintained lawn (exactly as we saw it in the husband's videotape), thus locating the woman's grave and turning up a body.
January 5, 2012
Struggling to meet the deadline for her screenplay, Alice (Brittany Murphy) takes the opportunity to retreat to a remote Victorian house, the perfect location to focus and convalesce.

Shortly after Alice's arrival, strange dreams and mysterious occurrences within the house begin to disturb her. Her imagination starts to run wild, sending her on a twisting and terrifying pursuit to find out who - or what - is behind the endless mind games.

also stars Thora Birch, Tammy Blanchard, Marc Blucas, Claudia Troll and Michael Piscitelli.

directed by Sean McConville.
December 31, 2011
A well below average haunted house film. It does nothing original, serves up nothing out of the ordinary, and doesn't even try to elaborate on the few interesting details.

It is poorly paced, as the first 45 minutes or so are painfully slow. In fact, I remember literally falling asleep a couple times, then waking up a few minutes later to find I had missed absolutely nothing. There must be 10 scenes of Murphy wandering around in a dark hallway, each time revealing nothing.

Then, it suddenly goes nuts, and starts cramming things at a ridiculous rate. Things happen far too quickly to be properly explored, digested or make any sense of, where as if director McConville had any sense of timing, these things could have been played out much more effectively.

If there were a legal limit of 'creaking floorboard/door sounds' or 'ominous minimalistic background piano', this movie exceeds that limit tenfold. The acting here is also pretty horrible. I feel bad saying this being that this was Murphy's last movie, but her acting here is really quite bad. The worst performance of the film however belongs to Blanchard, who is basically a 2x4. Even the usually good Thora Birch falls flat. The script of course is the real failure, because no actor no matter how talented they are could elevate this schlock writing to greatness.

It gets 2 stars because it does manage to do a few interesting things. The expansion of the taped scenes on the camera to 1st person perspective is interesting, and it does create a few scenes with genuine tension. Of course, these scenes are rushed and choppy due to the poor pacing of the first 2/3's of the movie. The climax is unfulfilling, unoriginal and boring. When all is said and done, you're left with a thoroughly bad movie even if it does have a few positives.
½ December 25, 2011
really disappointed. The movie was too dark to see what is going on. The plot was good up to a certain point. The ending was blah.
blizzpirate
Super Reviewer
½ December 6, 2011
Had some twists and a creative storyline. but the movie was pretty mediocre. Scenes dragged on longer than they needed to and to be honest not much really happened... The videotapes were unconvincing and pretty boring as well....
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