(This review may contain spoilers).
I found this movie to be a really intriguing one. Although there were some elements of violence and scenes of blood and gore, a lot of it was psychological, which I thought was particularly effective.
I found Angela to be a fairly sympathetic character. She was easy to empathise with and I felt Emma Watson did a really good job portraying her… even though I don’t think she looks like she’s seventeen.
It was interesting to see that Angela’s father had no memory of what Angela had said had happened. I didn’t really like him as a character, even at the end of the movie… though I did feel some sympathy for him and his mother.
The flashbacks/regressions were pretty creepy to watch and there were a lot of scenes that drew me in, even if I did think the horror aspect wasn’t utilised as well as it could have been. While Bruce was listening to the recordings, I thought the images then were especially effective.
While I did empathise with Bruce’s character, I didn’t think he was very responsible, even though it was good that he was protective of Angela. I did recognise quite a few of the actors in this movie and it was interesting to see the conflicts that came from outside, as well as the conflict within the different characters.
I thought the atmosphere in the movie came across really well and although I did get confused with some of the minor characters (and some of the policemen (where were the women?) didn’t really seem that competent), the major characters were well-defined and the movie did a good job of keeping my attention throughout.
I did think that the movie started off strong, but began to flag as things got a bit over-the-top. The acting wasn’t horrible, but some things weren’t terribly realistic. It was entertaining to watch and although I wouldn’t watch it again, it was an intriguing thriller with an interesting ending. Worth seeing for the recognisable actors in it.