Written by: Steve Lewis
This movie makes you want to appreciate your life more than you might care for it right now. A chilling insight of a man who believes life is more important than death yet puts you in death traps.
Two men wake up in a room with a dead body in between them and they are handcuffed to pipes. The only way they can get out is if they kill the other person in the room before their time runs out altogether.
The traps are very inventive. Your teeth will crinch and emotions will tremble once you see what kinda traps these people are put in. The director, James Wan, wants to take you on a reality trip of mind games. If you were actually put in the position to save your own life, would you kill?
The cinematograpy couldn't be any better. You really get that basement feeling with this movie. The angles and the lighting in the room with the two men puts the viewers right in there with them. The sound was a little dull but picked up near the ended scene.
It's original and it's smart. A very good horror movie for the 21st century. It has been one of the best of the numerous failures before it. With it's low budget and experienced cast consisting of Cary Elwes and Danny Glover, you don't get that teeny bop feeling like you would with the modern horror flicks. Veteran actors can really make the difference. Some may say that Elwes over acting but if you look at the scene where they say he did, you would understand that emotion coming from him. Trust me, he is not overacting.