An irony is that so often the negative reviews are the ones that inspire me to watch a movie! Especially when the reasoning behind them is so petty! If my own mind had been less developed, I would have missed on what is a GENUINE MASTERPIECE! Now, please allow me to explain why:
Everything is connected, and this movie begins with a journey. The same current that draws us towards the movies to begin with, is it not? We want to be drawn away from our usual, normal, day to day patterns of life. It is simply our nature. We are wired to be drawn to adventure. I won't say too much because this movie is way too good to be spoiled for you.
Four friends set out on a journey to the beautiful Himalayan mountains. If you simply relax and let go and let the movie do what it is supposed to do, you are the fifth person in this adventure. Here, at these mountains, is where the beauty of the majestic scenery takes your breath away. You can almost feel the sting of the chilly air within your nostrils. But the music! The Sounds! Tibetan hums, amplify your experience so much! What you are witnessing isn't simply something that you can easily identify with, it is something that--if you are an adventurous person--you would LOVE to do! A new scenery, new surroundings, new culture, traditions, etc. But new also means unknown. Suddenly, something unexpected happens. The rational mind tries to make sense of it, but it can't. Yet, you sense that it will be unraveled if you just continue to move forward on this journey. What happened is something that changes everything. It is so odd, so different, so unexpected, that it grips you. This reminded me a little bit of the emotions that I experienced when watching, The Happening. This chunk, with these five people (including you) is the one that one reviewer described as a mini-movie all on its own.
One reviewer also said that this movie may not make sense to many, that it could be construed as being all over the place. But the truth is that the premise is always underlying everything that happens. The Hollow Man is always the thread that links everything that goes on. It certainly makes sense. Sometimes the mind can ball itself up into a very tight fist. You just have to let go, relax, and let the hand/mind open up.
This movie is for people who love eerie psychological thrillers. Yet this one has many more potent ingredients that render it a true Masterpiece. It has a bit of horror sprinkled into it, suspense, mystery. Some parts, the way the music was masterfully injected into the background, at the perfect times, when certain things were happening, reminded me of the emotions produced by Hereditary and Midsommar. If movie-making could be analogized to food preparation, the master chefs of these movies have a true love/passion for their craft. It's just obvious in how good these movies truly are.
I don't want to tell you what movies the ending reminded me of, because I think that I would be spoiling this one for you. And I don't want to do that.
For me, this movie was a mixture of so many things! It was a Zen Koan dressed up in a monster costume. It reached the philosophical depths that The Matrix had, but through a different trail (horror genre). I can totally see a Tibetan monk, watching this movie, smiling from ear to ear as he realizes the deep, powerful, clear symbolism encoded in this film. The false self (ego) being, ultimately, an illusion. Man being, ultimately, an EMPTY vessel (an empty man). The ego (the false self, with a lowercase "s") being its own worst enemy. The power of our emotions (sorrow, fear, doubt, anguish) to pull us into Lilla (illusion) and how our mind can entangle itself there. How ultimately, the ego commits a type of suicide as it surrenders and melts into Self (with a capital letter "S").
I've now learned that when a reviewer renders a film like this one, "too slow," he or she is really exposing a mind that is "too slow" to appreciate something so masterfully created, true art, a genuine adventure! Everything about this movie was PERFECT! In fact, I can't wait to watch it again!
I highly recommend this film to my more evolved brothers and sisters out there! Enjoy!