Daniel Craig plays Will Atenton, a successful businessman who forsakes New York City for the rural pleasures of New England, only to discover that the tranquil abode he’s moved into was the scene of an as-yet-unsolved multiple homicide.
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What first seems to be a stranger-watching-your-home kind of thriller turns out to be an interesting take on trauma and mental illness. Unfortunately, it doesn't go beyond that - an idea. There's no depth, nothing is expanded on, and much of the action falls flat because the "twist" seems to come without a build. It looked great, though, and Rachel Weisz is always good.
Scenes out of order, SFX unfinished, no clear resolution, and a WTF ending stinger so nonsensical it almost seems like a blooper. I think everybody just got fed up, walked off set and left this crap incomplete. And then Universal apparently just dumped the unedited workprint into theaters just to see if anyone is dumb enough to pay to see it. A monumental disaster.
What a shocker this film is. A terrific cast eager to get directed by talented Jim Sheridan whose first ten years of directing films was phenomenal dramas but what did he get himself into here. A marginally interesting script that has potential to address some heavy issues go the laughable Hollywood route with a stupid climax with a sudden out-of-nowhere twist that makes no sense.
A decent thriller with a twisty plot - worth a first look, but unfortunately not something you re-watch due to a bit too much focus on startling moments and a big "twist," and too little on the substance that is so clearly beneath the surface.