This week is a weird week. It’s the week I think The Hunger Games finally falls. We’ve got an all-out witty actioner in Lockout. A comedy remake no one really wants in The Three Stooges and a horror movie that has risen like the Phoenix from the ashes of MGM’s bankruptcy.The Cabin in the Woods
The Cabin in the Woods is a horror movie embedded in a conspiracy flick embedded in another horror movie—the most inventive cabin-in-the-woods picture since The Evil Dead and the canniest genre deconstruction since Scream.
For all of its intellectual pleasures, though, Cabin in the Woods is a visceral roller coaster of a movie at heart. And like the best thrill rides, when it’s over, you just want to get back on and go again.
But if you like nutty energy, wacky ideas, crisp dialogue and scary, bloody, gory, grotesque and twisted movies — man, are you going to have a blast this weekend.
Verdict: GO SEE IT The Three Stooges
Though there are plot holes in the elaborately concocted scenarios, The Cabin in the Woods gets points for the twists and turns that come along with its sly wickedness.
It’s an enchantingly well-done tribute that revives, and even refreshes, our affection for the Stooges, yet at its core it lacks the completely and totally unhinged shock of the new.
The only possibly interesting thing about it is trying to figure out why it was made at all.
For the Farrellys, The Three Stooges is a labor of love. For non-believers, it’s merely a labor.
Verdict: Wait for DVD Lockout
The Farrellys, in effect, have created a cover band. They play all the hits (pun intended), although it’s not the same, and the difference is bothersome.
Too much of “Lockout” consists of Pearce and Grace running through a dim corridor, with people shooting at them.
Thankfully, a brisk pace and Guy Pearce’s leading turn as Thomas Jane playing Snake Plissken prove vital to lending Lockout a certain matinee-level B-movie charm.
The chemically induced coma with which the bad guys threaten to punish our hero sounds more interesting than anything in this movie.
“Lockout” might have gotten by if it displayed a little creativity, but writer-directors Stephen St. Leger and James Mather can’t even reach basic believability.