The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part
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"Jackals" is a bit of style, almost no substance, and so scanty on the scares it's not worth the price of admission.
The film's ultimate nihilism makes the whole exercise seem like an annoyingly pointless waste of time-even for a movie that's barely 80 minutes long.
Its run-of-the-mill standoff may appease some hardcore horror buffs, but it offers nothing to the rest of us and will likely be forgotten before the blood on the ground dries.
The movie does what it sets out to do: stranding the viewer in a dark place, surrounded by remorseless predators. It's an old recipe that can still please a crowd.
The idea -- is an interesting one, and adds a new spin on the home invasion film, it just fails to really land what it wants to achieve.
It feels like a really well-made home movie -- and that can't have been the plan.
The cast try hard, but the audience will inevitably feel cheated because of the tried-and-tested format of such a film like this.
A slick and suspenseful landing until it fails to stick the landing.
Jackals is little more than just a series of violent, familiar events strung together.
Even if Jackals had been a direct-to-video release, it would have fallen into the category of "rent something else."
for the most part Jackals is best regarded as a genre amusement ride, always well crafted if never distinguished enough to achieve genuine cult status.
Though far more elegant in execution than most Rob Zombie-imitating films, Jackals smugly wears its violent tediousness as a badge of honor.
Visually striking and moderately original, but full of stupid characters making decisions the audience cannot appreciate. An enjoyable enough movie for fans of the horror that just scrapes by with a passing grade for me.
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