Vacancy


Viewed – 20 June 2009  DVD

Well this is a simple set up.  A young married couple become stranded in an isolated hotel room and discover that hidden cameras are filming their every move.  They soon come to realise that unless they escape they will become the next victims of a snuff film.  This cliched plot is rescued (slightly) by the presence of Kate Beckinsale and Luke Wilson, offering at least some decent acting in amidst the no-brain script.  The creepy murderers hell bent on keeping Kate and Luke captive, are one-note scum bags with the exception of Frank Whaley, who you may remember as the nervous kid who John Travolta and Samuel L. Jackson execute in the hotel room in Pulp Fiction … and is boo-hiss evil here.

Sadly though this is glossy, hollywood thrills with very little personality, some gripping, nail-biting moments but not much else.  The footage of the snuff films that Kate & Luke discover are quite disturbing, but not as powerfully done as perhaps 8mm or especially that scene in Henry Portrait Of A Killer.  So to close, watch this if you like the actors and the premise, but don’t expect to be telling your friends about it the following day.  Perhaps I should have realised when the director’s first name is ‘Nimrod’. 

Verdict:  2 /5

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