(18) Running time: 90 minutes
Director: Jonas Akerlund
Writer: Dave Callaham
Starring: Dennis Quad, Ziyi Zhang, Lou Taylor Pucci
Reviewed by: Matt Wavish, official HCF critic
This Se7en wannbe is all about a killer, or group of killers, who are using the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse story as their way of bringing “hell on Earth” after killing number 4. Dennis Quaid is conveniently called in for his forensic expertise to help solve the riddle after a load of teeth are found in the wilderness in a pot, with writings in the trees saying “come and see”. This leads to 2 more killings, with the words “come and see” written in the victims blood on the walls.
Dennis Quaid shuffles around the film pretty emotionless and a bit like a walking piece of wood. He has problems trying to deal with looking after his 2 kids after the loss of his wife, and his job always seems to come first. There were some moments which were a bit heartbreaking, and the best bits of this film were the family struggling scenes.
As for the murder mystery, it wasn’t all that great, and this film should have called itself “I wish i was as good as Se7en”. It’s not even close. You don’t get to see many of the tortures, one scene you do see, but felt more comical than disturbing. There’s a fair amount of gore, but nothing new. When the killer is finally revealed, its no biggie, and there’s no real punch to it. The pace is good, but is let down by the lack of any music, or any tension. The actors are all good, but it all just felt a bit flat, like no one really cared. A bit rubbish really