Alright, alright, so it isn't groundbreaking or revolutionary. Who really cares and why is this a bone of contention for so many? Most, if not all, of the stuff Hollywood churns out on a weekly basis is hardly fresh, yet it doesn't keep hordes of people from fawning over them like they were the second coming. Was "Dark Knight" (which I loved) new and novel? I don't think so. How about "Incredible Hulk or any other sequel, remake or movie born from any other source material, such as videogames or musicals? The over-hyped "No Country For Old Men" treads down one of the most worn out paths in all of film, yet it won an Oscar for best picture. The list is endless, so please let's put that argument of originality to rest already. If someone manages to create a wholly new cinematic experience, then I say bravo and I'll be anxious as all hell to see it, but let's face it, at this stage of the game, I'm not holding my breath like I used to. Let's face it, people, this is 2008 and there's nothing new under the sun, anymore. Either you borrow from existing sources or fuse as many disparate ideas as possible with the hopes of achieving something radical and invigorating. More often than not you end up with a dud. A perfect example, MNS too-dreadful-for-words,, "The Happening." Avenging trees and horror do not mix. Onto "The Strangers,." which I loved. I thought it was concise, brutal, harrowing and taut and it was all pulled off expertly by those involved. The camerawork was fantastic and the way the interiors were filmed, with deep pockets of shadows everywhere, turned an otherwise nice country house into an ominous and terrifying trap. The exterior shots, though ample, gave the feeling of crushing claustrophobia, the overwhelming feeling of being trapped even where you are outside and free to move. Liv Tyler and Scott Speedman were great, their terror and anxiety both palpable and believable. The nihilistic ending didn't put me off, because that's life, sometimes. Nice resolutions aren't always part of the deal. For me, ultimately, it's how well the material is handled that really determines the quality of the film. If you have good craftsmen at work, who really care about what they're doing, you'll end up with a more than decent flick, more often than not. Here we have a very good example. If you are expecting some kind of epiphany, you'll be disappointed; however, if you want a well-made, grab you by the throat kind of cinematic experience, then I suggest you check out "The Strangers." I love good horror and this is a perfect example of it.