Plot Outline: Apartment building superintendent Cleveland Heep (Giamatti) rescues what he thinks is a young woman from the pool he maintains. When he discovers that she is actually a character from a bedtime story who is trying to make the journey back to her home, he works with his tenants to protect his new friend from the creatures that are determined to keep her in our world.
I read the reviews and decided to skip this one at the theatre. That was the right choice.
It has its moments and it feels very much like M. Night Shyamalan is telling you a bedtime story. Actually, it feels like he’s making it up at he goes. But it works if you surrender to it and let him do his thing. Don’t let silly things like logic get in the way and it’s a good time.
If you just can’t switch off that nagging left side of your brain you may not like it so well.
Highlights: Night’s treatment of The Movie Critic. Bryce Dallas Howard in nothing but a button down shirt throughout. Nice gams, babe.
Lowlights: That plot twist you’re expecting from M. Night? Not in this one. Also, leaps in logic. Specifically, people buy into the myth a little too quickly to be believable.
Worth a rent but bottom line: It’s no Unbreakable, which I loved and it’s no The Village, which I didn’t.
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