A confined setting is a useful tool for thriller-makers, and Vacancy is definitely boxed in: a rundown motel way, way off the Interstate, the kind of place where unsuspecting movie characters go to get stabbed to death … see full wiki
VACANCY When this film was first released in trailer format I was kinda excited because it looked extremely interesting. I was also interested in seeing how the stars they went with would perform in this film. Still even if they were not all that great I had a feeling the story alone would be cool. I was very right as it turns out because I love these types of flicks, they feel so real since stuff like this actually happens. … more
The thing that I am sure most will agree on was the miscasting. Lesser known actors would have been great here I am sure. This is one of those flicks that with a less preconceived image of an actor you go in with the better the film will feel. At least that is what I think, who knows, could be wrong.
Director Nimrod Antal broke out the Cliff's Notes on Hitchcock when he put "Vacancy" on the screen. From the frantic music in the beginning to a story littered with bizarre angles and dark corners, you'll see the legend's thumbprint throughout this film. Luke Wilson and Kate Beckinsale play a couple on the edge of divorce who's car breaks down in the middle of nowhere. A friendly (perhaps too friendly) mechanic (Ethan Embry) fixes them up just enough to make it to a larger town. Unfortunately his … more
VACANCY may not be the best thriller of the year, though it does provide three good performances from Kate Beckinsale, Frank Whaley and a surprise serious role for fine comedian Luke Wilson, but it stands apart from many by the fact that it unveils a piece of the underbelly of crime by addressing the creation of snuff films (films made by strange minds that show the death of the actors, and whether or not we like to believe it, there is an audience for that!). The fact that the film (as shown in … more