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January 6, 2009 by Richard Wright in Journal, Life

What the hell? I mean, seriously, what the hell?

Beautiful central performances, glorious cinematography, a breathtaking revenge story, a wonderful sense of awe and mystery…

And a twist, from out of nowhere in the final seconds, that cheapens everything that went before, making it all somehow less. It’s a Sixth Sense style twist, which rewrites the film you just watched, except here it doesn’t make you want to applaud. Here, it makes you want the last two hours back. It turns the revenger into a common murderer, the villain into a victim, and the viewer into a fool.

If you’ve seen the film, you’ll know the bit I mean, and I’d love to know what you thought. I felt wretchedly cheated. How about you?

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  1. JackieJanuary 6, 2009 at 9:13 am

    Crap. Now I DON’T want to see it…

  2. Richard WrightJanuary 6, 2009 at 11:30 pmAuthor

    You know, if you do watch it, just turn it off as the Inspector walks out of the gate with the locket. Then you’ll have watched a fabulous film. Honestly.

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