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This movie would have benefit from someone who knew how to operate a camera properly. The cinematography is gut-wrenchingly bad. If it were better, it might have made the film remotely watchable.
A rather remarkable low-budget psychological horror thriller. The basic idea underlying the story has been done many times before in literature and cinema but this is a very good contemporary take on that classic literary trope. This is a story about grief, regret, guilt, and the pain for self and others when we can't or won't move on following a tragic loss. The film makes very good use of real world settings -- especially the Moscow Metro. The acting is very good if occasionally more than a little histrionic but that is in service of the story's surrealism. Some reviewers have complained of the shaky camera work but much of that is a matter of Blair Witch Project (or Ghost Hunters) style pseudo-realism, while the rest is conversely in service of promoting the tension and surrealism of action and horror scenes. If you want a simple story with a feel good ending this is not a film for you.
I'm still a little confused by this movie. I think it is truly made to be confusing. However, there are so many things that interfere with the premise of someone going to corners of the world for extreme sports or urban exploring to suppress the loss of a daughter. But the story itself is one of the first things that gets in the way. The guy's wife is with him and she doesn't seem to care much at all. It goes with a very point of view using vision cams as they go into worlds that may be ghostly, but appear to be nothing at all. Some of it may have been budget, but a lot appears to be conscience decisions. The shaky camera, odd effects, jumping from place to place, it all just distracts. And in the end, I am not afraid to say, I didn't really get it.
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