Here's another LookingForClues movie review;
this time it's for Vacancy, a nail-biting thriller! Haven't seen it? Buy
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Plot Synopsis: A confined setting is
a useful tool for thriller-makers, and Vacancy is definitely boxed in: a rundown motel
way, way off the Interstate, the kind of place where unsuspecting movie characters
go to get stabbed to death in the shower. If Vacancy doesn't quite live up to its Hitchcockian
forbears, at least it provides 80 minutes of well-designed mayhem. You know somebody's
paying attention just from the opening credits, a clever vortex with pounding music
by Paul Haslinger. Then we meet unhappy couple Luke
Wilson and Kate
driving along in the dark and forced to stay at the Pinewood Motel after a car breakdown.
Please read our review of Vacancy,
below. To own your own copy of the movie, please click on this ad, or click on one
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our exclusive Feature Article:
The Not So Vacant VACANCY
by Lynda Rey 9/14/07
There's something particularly catchy about Vacancy.
The fact that I enjoyed it far better than even the biggest of blockbusters that were
released in this year 2007 is proof enough that this was just one great movie to me.
It didn't take long for it to appeal to me either. Perhaps it was because of the straightforwardness
or even the surprise (and refreshing) ending. It didn't take long for the movie to
get to the point, and though that caused it to be rather short in length, it simply
worked. Sometimes, movies that dwell too much on plot without giving a balanced amount
of action or thrills can be rather annoying. But, in this movie's case, I got what
I truly wanted: a nail-biting thriller that doesn't require much explaining.
The movie starts out simply enough, but is not quite what it appears at first glance.
We meet a seemingly nice and content couple, David (Luke
and Amy (Kate
driving down an eerily dark and empty road. But matters quickly start to shift after
a brief encounter causes the sleeping woman to stir from her slumber. Thus begins
the clues that these two are not as happy as they appear and are rather hostile towards
each other. It doesn't take long for we, the audience, to learn that this is a couple
who have reached the end of their journey in their lives together and are seemingly
anxious not to only reach their destination, but also to rid themselves of the other
person for good. Thankfully, the movie doesn't leave out even the smallest of details,
and in time, we learn the secrets of their troubled marriage. But when their car has
even further trouble on their trip home, the real "adventure" begins.
I admit, the overall plot of Vacancy is
borderline disturbing in that while you know it's not realistic, you can almost believe
there are people capable of doing what the villains were guilty of doing. Oh sure,
it's suspenseful enough, but you can't help but wonder: are there really people like
that? Well at least in this movie, there are such people as this: twisted minds keen
on the most obscure and darkest of pleasure at the expense of other people's lives
without a single thought of regret or remorse. As the movie progresses, our troubled
couple find themselves smack dab in the middle of a movie all their own: a movie with
the intent of featuring their demise. When they thought they'd be resting out their
emotionally and physically tiresome journey in an old motel that time forgot, they
eventually stumble upon a few old video tapes that feature what appears to be horror
films. But in all actuality, these are just snippets of the horrible last moments
of previous tenants at the Pinewood Motel, moments filmed from the very same room,
victims of the villainous ways of the men who have our star couple trapped and fighting
for their lives.
Fortunately, we are also now immersed in the sight of what the victims are capable
of doing in the midst of turmoil as well. This movie, as thrilling and chilling as
it is, is not only about the evils of people, but it's also about the strength and
courage of people, even if they cannot stand each other. Almost suddenly, our couple
forget all their troubles upon realizing that they only have each other to survive
the unfortunate turn of events they've come across. To me, there's sometimes no better
way to put things in perspective until it's a matter of life or death. While it's
best not to get to that level, sometimes, that's all a certain person needs. Nothing
else matters except to ensure one's own survival, as well as their loved one. At first,
it was difficult to imagine the two of them ever getting along again, but little did
I know, the evils of other human beings helped to only strengthen what they had together.
Based on my initial experience of viewing it in theaters, Vacancy has
become one of my favorite thrillers. It's rare that a movie as simple as this one
can, as the cliché saying goes, keep me on the edge of my seat. I knew it would instantly
become a favorite by my mere reactions to the most thrilling of scenes. There were
moments when I was even getting annoyed and frustrated with what was going on because
I was just so immersed in the whole thing, wondering if this troubled couple can survive
the evil pleasures of their fellow man. Yes, I admit, I even yelled at the screen
a few times, as if I can actually have an influence over the stars. As disturbing
as the concept was, I still couldn't shake the fun I had in cheering on the courageous
couple and their ability and willingness to forgive and forget if it only meant they
can have one more shot at life. I was glad to add this thrilling movie to my collection.
Though there's not quite an overflow of special features, there's still some that
will keep you busy, including cast and crew features, extended "snuff" films (death
scenes), and a deleted scene.
A movie like this doesn't need too much more to add, to be quite honest, and I'm still
content with the
despite the limited features. If you're up for a thrilling ride and some amazing performances
by the actors, then by all means, Vacancy should be given its chance to shine. And
I must say, I was quite pleased with the lovely twist at the end as far as who the
real hero is. But I will say no more; you must see
it for yourself!
Lynda is 25 years old, lives in Indiana,
and hopes to one day pursue a career working with animals. She enjoys many forms of
self-expression, including art, poetry, and writing, which is one of the latter additions
to her list of hobbies.
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