A group of 5 college students: good girl Dana (Kristen Connolly), playful Jules (Anna Hutchison), her jock boyfriend Curt (Liam Hemsworth), nice-guy Holden (Jesse Williams) and stoner Marty (Fran Kranz) leave town for a vacation at Curt's cousin's remote cabin for fun and thrills. They get more than they bargain for when they discover something sinister is wrong with the place and it soon becomes a fight against the odds to survive.
This is certainly a unique film, in the sense that I haven't really seen a self-aware film made to this extent. It is a comedy more than anything else, with some scenes that are literally laugh out loud worthy. I also appreciated the jumpy and sometimes scary scenes that are present throughout. I enjoyed the Direction of the film, Drew Goddard brings to life some impressive visuals.
Let's start with the characters, it's full of superficial, one dimensional characters that may as well be played by cardboard cutouts, Anna Hutchison and Liam Hemsworth weren't bad at all, they were pretty decent in-fact with what little material they had. But Kirsten Connolly, whose supposed to be the lead, was bad. Her facial expression didn't change at all and the worst of the bunch? Fran Kranz, who put on this ridiculous, obviously fake stoner voice that was unbearable ... it also seemed to suddenly disappear by the end of the film. The special effects were decent in a lot of places, but bad where it mattered.
It's a film that sounds good in theory, and it's not exactly 'bad' - it is an entertaining film, and you shouldn't go into the theatre expecting to see a Horror film, because it's more of a stoner comedy with a few scares more than anything. It's a film that's too self-aware and so by the end of it I just couldn't take it seriously. To summarise, it was a little sloppy, as soon as they mention some key words near the start you immediately know whats going on.