It has come to a point where I have begun to wonder if filmmakers and studios are capable of coming up with an original idea. Every second film seems to be a remake of a past film or some foreign film. Rehash after rehash. And the biggest problem is that they are redoing poor films. It is not like director Joseph Ruben's 1978 film of the same name was a classic. I mean, really!
Coming home from military school, Michael Harding (Penn Badgley – from television's Gossip Girl) finds his mother (Sela Ward – The Day After Tomorrow, Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights) has a new husband (Dylan Harris – from television's Nip/Tuck), who she is head over heels in love with. Everyone seems to love David, as he seems to be perfect and always there to lend a helping hand. Everyone except Michael.
As Michael gets to know David better he begins to doubt his genuineness more and more. With the help of his biological father (Jon Tenney – from television's The Closer), girlfriend (Amber Heard – Zombieland, Pineapple Express) and two of his mother's friends, Leah (Sherry Stringfield – from television's Lie to Me) and Jackie (Paige Turco – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III, The Game Plan), Michael tries to piece together information about who this man calling himself David Harris really is.
Fifteen minutes into this film I was longing for the ending credits. For a film that relies completely on atmosphere and creation of tension it was totally predictable. Director Nelson McCormick (Prom Night) has made a mess of it. Poorly conceived of and poorly executed! Even the film soundtrack is awful and distracting. Stale and non-developed characters (Michael's girlfriend is just there for eye candy as she does nothing except appear in states of undress for the majority of her time on film) don't draw us in at all. Despite the fact that it is a film that needs to draw you in and make you uneasy nothing really ends up happening. The result is a boring film.
-Open House: Making the Film
-Visualizing the Stunts