A few things about this excellent movie...
1. The studio did this movie a disservice by releasing trailers that reflected it was a horror movie. It's not. It's a thriller all day, every day.
2. For anyone to get the most out of this movie, you MUST MUST MUST watch it twice. I'll try not to give away the plot, but the script and Caprio are so convincing in their narrative the first time you watch it, any alternative ending to that narrative seems a let down. However, even knowing the ending when watching it the second time, it truly allows you savor the nuances you had missed/misread the first time making it even more enjoyable.
3. Scorcese, Caprio, Sydow, Kingsley....what more can you say? Great work by all.
4. The pace, timeline and script are exceptional.
Watch it. Then watch it again. Well worth the time and effort if you enjoy the lost art of great movie.
You can tell Writer/Director Elijah Bynum was only 24 years old when he made this movie supposedly based around 1991. How? He has no idea what era he was depicting when filming.
I did not think it was possible for someone to mix the 1970's, 80's and 90's and yet claim it was 1991. He managed to magic-mix the music, neon signs, clothes, hair styles, cars, props and decor of several decades trying to convince us it was 1991. Anyone born before 1980 would find this attempt pathetic, as I did; that was some seriously lazy effort.
Soppy storyline, poor timeline references, mediocre acting, and crappy script. And, the magic-mixer impact on the different eras was the cherry on top of this flop.
M Night never fails to disappoint at disappointing. You can safely bet that in your effort to give the guy another chance, he will leave you with regret for having been an optimist.
I have literally zero idea why studios keep giving this guy money to make movies. Seriously, give it to charity.
The movie: In style, a poor rip off of Blair Witch (which is already a low bar). In script, long-winded and painfully shallow. Overall, another trough of slop served up as only M Night can serve it up; cold, putrid and disappointing.