The Monkey's Paw (2013)
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...scripter Macon Blair instead opts for an almost astonishingly generic approach that rarely (if ever) exploits the larger-than-life premise to satisfactory effect.
There's so much padding and filler here, you could cut it down to fifty minutes without missing much.
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I was pleasantly surprised by this movie, particularly considering the last Chiller movie I saw, Deep in the Darkness wasn't very good. I suppose the quality of each film has more to do with the content of the film as opposed to the budget, but I'm assuming that this movie had around or the same budget as DITD, but I thought the scripting was a little better here, as was the acting. Stephen Lang is an underrated actor and he was one of the few things that I liked about Avatar and he does a good enough job here in this movie as well. I liked the progression of the story. Not that it's anything that great or compelling, but you're at least invested enough in wanting to see how the film's narrative plays out. The problems come in the fact that the film is pretty much has one tone through and through. I mean, I guess someone coming back from the dead, due to a wish granted from the monkey's paw, completely different and homicidal as opposed to who they were before they died is interesting, but I think the movie needs a little something more than Stephen Lang, literally, going all over New Orleans to kill a ton of people. Though, at the very least, the film tries to give you a reason for Lang's character's actions. He was having issues with his ex-wife, who took out a restraining order on him to stay away from her son. We don't know what happened in their past, but it can't have been good if the restraining order got approved. Lang's character laments the fact that he isn't allowed to see his son before he dies and after he comes back, he's a little more, let's say, assertive about wanting to see his son again. So at least there's a motivation for why Lang's character is doing what he's doing, so that's always good to see. Like I said, the film doesn't really branch out much out of its initial tone, so it always ends up feeling the same, though I did think the climax was solid and there was some good acting involved here. I definitely think this is a movie that overachieves from, what some would describe, a limited scope. It's not that I would say that this is good or anything, because it isn't, and it doesn't really do anything wholly unique. But I did think the film told a story that had you invested in seeing it all the way to its conclusion and some solid acting to elevate its weaker elements. It's not a good movie, or anything like that, but I was pleasantly surprised by this. I wouldn't exactly recommend it, but it's not a terrible movie at all, it's average at best.
A good, not great, re-telling of the cursed wishing object story. Suffers from a real lack of depth; the characters and story are fairly flat and its 90 min run time feels twice that. Plus, they managed to make Louisiana boring enough to fade into the background!
This was a memorable short story I was required to read in school. I remember it well and this has none of the atmosphere or thrills the story brought to the table. I'm sure Jacobs is rolling in his resting spot because of the atrociously bad acted bore of a film.
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