Sigh. I was so disappointed. I had my hopes up and had been waiting to see this since the trailer when it was in the theaters in May. Once again, I get my hopes up for an awful movie.
The only good thing about this movie is Gabrielle Union (who I love). She is the only reason to watch this but even Gabby fans might be disappointed. This wasn't anything unique except a black family were the victims (for a change). I love seeing our people in thrillers and suspenseful movies but this one fell short.
I can't excuse how cliche this was and it was like a million other "revenge/fight back/home invasion" movies. NOTHING was different. One issue is we don't know the characters. We don't get a chance to get to know Shaun and her kids before they are thrust into violence so it makes it hard rooting for this family when we haven't learned anything about them.
The criminals were as cliche and cardboard as you can get. One-dimensional to a T. We got the so-called wise-cracking, suave leader. We got the wimpy thug who keeps whining and is too afraid to kill someone. Then you got the street tough Latino who shoots people at the drop of a hat and ends up killing the leader so he can take the money for himself (no surprise).
It was just...no. Sad that with such a great actress like Union, this movie couldn't have been better. The writing sucked too. For instance her father hid 4 MILLION dollars in this cabin before the bad guys killed him and Union had no idea? Where did he get 4 million dollars from? I guess the dad was rich but nothing was ever explained so I'm just guessing.
That's what I mean. We don't get to know anything about these characters, the good or the bad. No backstory whatsoever. Then at the end, Shaun's husband shows up???? I didn't even know she was married. I can't remember her or the kids mentioning him once. Oh, I remember her talking to him once on the phone but it's so minute that you most likely will forget.
Also, some serious bloopers going on in this film. For example, when Union is outside talking on the phone, she is barefooted when the bald dude attacks her and she runs into the woods. Fast forward about fifteen minutes later when she returns to the house and she's wearing BOOTS when she sneaks back in? Huh? Where did the boots come from? And it was clear as day she was barefoot when she ran in the woods because she and Baldie fought and he grabbed her legs many times and she was barefoot. Yet when she comes back out of the woods, she's wearing boots. *shaking head*
This movie was a mess. It wasn't thrilling and I get they wanted the mom to be tough but she spent nearly two hours sneaking around the house when she could've made it somewhere and called for help. So unrealistic. And the leader said, "She won't run. Not with her babies in the house." Really? Uh, most mothers WOULD run and try to get to somewhere where they could call the police instead of playing this stupid cat and mouse game with these criminals.
One reason they should've gone into Shaun's background a bit is to show us why she is the way she is. She is a tough lady, which is great but why? Most women are not like her where they would start fighting criminals without batting an eye. Sure, a mother would do what she could to save her children, but scaling roofs and playing chicken with dangerous men is not what most would do. So it would've been cool if we saw why she reacts the way she reacts. Like if she'd been in the military or something? She had moves and was a good fighter, not something an average person would be able to do. WE SHOULD'VE KNOWN WHY!
How did she have these skills? Has she been trained in fighting? Where does she get her courage from? I don't believe the film even said what Shaun did for a living. No character development anywhere.
Sigh. I hate not liking this film but it was BAD. I do hope they keep black thrillers going though. I will continue to support but I hope they are better than this sorry ripoff of Panic Room.
Oh and a big thumbs down for the unnecessary attempted rape scene. Ugh. At the end of the movie, they throw in the Latino guy (Duncan) trying to rape Jazz, the daughter. Why???? They'd gone the entire movie where he barely looked at her and all a sudden he wants to rape her on the pool table? It was absolutely no reason to include that. I didn't move the story and it further cheapened the movie.