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2008-07-28 10:54
 
What it's about:

Sydney Wells (Jessica Alba) is a gifted, but blind violinist. After losing her sight as a child, she can now regain it with a double corneal transplant. But once the surgery is successfully completed, its aftermath is anything but a dream come true and she starts seeing mysterious manifestations. Unsure if her visions are trauma-induced hallucinations or in fact real, Sydney investigates the donor of the eyes she's been given.

What we thought of it:

Movie buffs will have heard supreme horror stories about the Chinese original, a feast of gore and graphic repulsion. But as usual, the American remake of a brilliant Eastern film falls flat on its Hollywood ass. Courage the Cowardly Dog episodes are scarier than this clichéd excuse for a film, which is clearly just another made-for-DVD cash-in.

You never wait in suspense, because you've seen the faceless monsters before. You've seen the balding, old woman who doesn't blink and moves forward in sudden flashes without taking a single step before. You've met the sickly child with enormous insight into life and its meaning because hers is nearly over. Blah *yawn* blah.

The worst part is that the cast and crew seem to know how bad it is. Jessica Alba as much as admitted it when she explained that the difference between the Pang Brothers' original version and this one is the fact that Eastern cultures are more accepting of ghosts than Westerners. Is she implying that it's the audience that's the problem, not the film?

Our advice: wait for the DVD before you answer that question. It's just that bad.

- Natalie Sineke

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When a film's trailer is more entertaining than the movie itself, you know it's made for DVD. And this is simply a B-grade rip-off of a Chinese masterpiece.

Pinvictor 2008/05/23 2:31 PM
Thai original The original movie is from Thailand, not China, and it is a very forgettable ghost story with no surprises and no gore. Hopefully the world's fascination with weak eastern horror movies will soon end.
Natalie 2008/05/26 4:18 PM
A little bit of both The original is a Hong Kong/Thai film. The Pang brothers are Chinese filmmakers, but they do a lot of work in Thailand. Most film data bases list China as the film's country of origin. Some also include countries such as the UK and Singapore.
Kim 2008/05/29 2:12 PM
In a word In a word - awful, simply awful
THE BOSS 2008/06/13 7:35 AM
IT WAS GOOD!! I THOUGHT THE MOVIE WAS BRILLIANT AND CHILLING !! I HATE THE ABOVE REVIEW. SPEAK FOR YOURSELF NATALIE AND DONT SAY " OUR ADVICE" PLEASE 24 CHANGE YOUR REVIEWERS, THEY ARE JUST CHANCERS AND DONT EVEN KNOW THE FACTS !!!!!!!!
celeste 2008/07/23 8:45 AM
not so bad hey i didnt think it was so bad, compared to a lot of the crap horror movies out lately, i thought it was pretty cool.
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