Originally this movie had not hit my radar, but in talking with a customer one night a few weeks ago this movie came up as highly recommended. I am a lover of psychological thrillers, and prefer that in a horror film. So, fully expecting this type of film, which nobody else in the family seems to like, I settled in to watch this when I got home from school tonight. What I got was a vastly different experience. Yes, it is a psychological thriller, but it is not a horror film any more than A Beautiful Mind is a horror film.
So, aside from a mild disappointment in not finding myself watching a horror film, I really did enjoy the film. Daniel Craig did a fantastic job with the character, well proving that he is more than just James Bond. Just watching his change of stance as the character evolves, and the expressions growing more and more haunted as the story progressed made it all worth it.
The film was very well put together, and the director and writers did a great job moving the story along. You really do wonder which is real and which is the fantasy life for a bit, unsure which to be wanting more. And in the end, with the merging of his fantasy with his memories with the real world before finally emerging into the real world. What a journey of the mind.
Would I watch this again? No, probably not, but I rarely watch a movie of this type more than once. The intensity of the film usually make a solid impression in my memories, and with movies like this it really is best (at least in my opinion) if you have no idea what is coming. Now, while I wouldn’t watch it again I did find it to be a very enjoyable film, and if I had to rate it (and Netflix rather encourages me to rate them) I would give it a solid 4 of 5 stars.