James Wan and DC


Year: 2004
Directed By: James Wan
Written By: Leigh Whannell and James Wan


I was specifically against this movie when it came out. I don’t care for the whole torture porn thing and I think what these types of movies offer are a poor substitute for actual horror. It wasn’t until I was forced to watch the sequel and that one caught me at the right moment that I gave this series a chance. I consider the second film to this one to be one of the best sequels I’ve ever seen and will explain more upon its review. I think it far exceeds this film in every way.

I have tried to give this film a second chance but if I’m being really honest it just isn’t for me. When the movie came out I wasn’t into it and I’m not into it now. The only reason this movie is part of the collection is because the sequel impressed me and I thought it prudent to have its predecessor next to it on the shelf.

The most interesting thing about this movie is its director James Wan, because he has been the man pegged to be behind camera for the upcoming Aquaman movie. I am very excited to see how that movie turns out because Jason Mamoa looks wicked as the King of Atlantis but James Wan gives me pause. If this movie is any indication of his abilities I fear Warner Brothers has made another costly decision with choosing directors. Batman v Superman can only be described as failure in the aftermath of its box office release and I think that is specifically because they put the film in the hands of Zak Snyder. My only hope is that they haven’t done the same with Wan directing Aquaman. I would so like the DC properties to produce good films of such cool characters but they just can’t seem to figure out what Marvel is doing right.

I gave some consideration to saving these movies until Halloween to review during the month when we only do horror films but that would lend credence to the notion that this is a horror film. I do not consider this a horror film but simply a thriller with the type of shocking violence some people get off on. I like the horror genre and despite owning some of these films I think they set the genre back a long way.

Good horror is scary, it’s more than simply violence and gore. This movie and series isn’t built upon fear but on violence and suspense. This movie specifically offers very little that interests me and I will explain what the sequel did differently that made it worth wild. To sum it all up I do not think this movie is worth your time and do not vouch for it.

NEXT MOVIE: Saw II (2005)