You know what this feels like? An M. Night Shyamalan film. It has that overall creepy feeling when you’re watching it, not quite knowing when to expect something to happen…but you know it’s coming at some point. It even has a repetitious focus on one particular object and (color) throughout the film – which is what Shyamalan used to do. This really feels like something he did…which is weird, because he didn’t. So when I think about what makes this a special and unique talked-about film, I think about Shyamalan’s popular past.
Another thing that you get right away is the mystery. This movie is weird, and it revels in being weird. Chris (the main guy) knows something is up, that something is wrong, but neither he nor the audience can really place their finger on it. Maybe it’s hypnosis, but that’s too easy. So, throughout the film, you’re given clues as to what’s really going on, and I’ll tell you right now that it is a brilliant and original mystery, but I wouldn’t necessarily call it a horror film. It’s really creepy, but it’s not really a horror movie, so there was a bit of a disappointment there.