- Format: NTSC
- Studio: Warner
- Release Date: Aug. 14 2012
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B008BRLZQ2
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #17,107 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
I am a hard sell on films involving the supernatural. I find the topic difficult to portray without appearing cliché. There have been some amazing exceptions, but this film is not one of them. The tale here is of a demon passing from one person to another via touch or the distance a single breath can travel in 500 cubits. The word cubit may be familiar if you recall biblical measurements and Noah's directions for building his Ark. In this case, it is said in the movie to be one sixth of a mile.
This is a film to watch if you either like the genre or you like the primary actors. If you are fortunate to be a fan of both, the film will be very enjoyable. And, as a bonus, there is a nice bit of twistery at the film's close.
Instead we are treated to a bland narration and bland performances from some incredible actors. And don't get me started on the damn ending.
It's natural to bracket this film with Rupert Wainwright's 1999 "Stigmata" as a pair of ambitious, quite expensively cast, mainstream Hollywood attempts from the late 90's to breathe a little new life into the old "Exorcist" theme of possession neither of which quite comes off. This one is pleasant enough to watch, taking the form of what at first seems a fairly conventional police procedural thriller until the supernatural elements start to crowd in. The first half is the best with its intriguing sense of mystery. Things get weaker when the mystery dispels and Hobbes is left in no doubt about the strange game of demonic tag he has stumbled upon. The problem here is that what Hobbes find out is intended to be truly disturbing and scary and, well, it isn't all that much. SO an OK mystery movie that turns into a rather ineffective horror movie that is well enough put together to sustain interest but won't linger in the memory.