|L-R: Chris Hemsworth,
Jesse Williams, Anna Hutchison, Fran Kranz and Kristen Connolly in 'The Cabin in the Woods'|
This is one of those movies that I quite not know
what to think of. Throughout the movie, there is a very obvious effort from the
side of the director Drew Goddard and writer Joss Whedon to keep the movie
non-obvious. They do succeed to a certain extent. But is it enough? I don’t
The story follows five college students, Dana
(Kristen Connolly), Curt (Chris Hemsworth), Jules (Anna Hutchison), Marty (Fran
Kranz), and Holden (Jesse Williams) who drive out for a vacation to a remote
cabin. At the same time you see a group of technicians (played by Richard
Jenkins, Bradley Whitford and Amy Acker) keeping an eye on them with hidden
cameras and manipulating their actions through the use of environmental
controls and release of mood-altering drugs into the air.
The obvious hook for the audience is the incoming
danger that these five face as they enter the creepy looking cabin. But what
actually gets you more than hooked is the fact that this entire exercise is
being watched and controlled by not one individual but many. The reason remains
unknown till the very end but it becomes increasingly clear to us that the film
is definitely not a 'run and hide'. Not with the ease with which the first few
kills occur. The film scores almost as much from the way it has been written as
it does from the direction style. In the slasher/horror movie genre, you find
yourself generally rooting for some character’s life, taking the predictable ‘who will live’ route. In this combination of thriller, horror and
comedy, we don’t follow this routine path of goriness. Instead director
Drew Goddard chooses not to dwell on the screams and instead transports us into an alternate world of insensitivity. It is a very clever technique and makes the
film light on the eyes and yet gives you those jumpy moments that one expects
from a horror film.
As far as the cast is concerned, there is nothing
much to do for the leading five including the hunky Chris Hemsworth. They are
just the prey, but each does add to the film by doing well in their characters.
Noteworthy mention to Anna Hutchison for the grossest make-out session I have
ever seen. On the other hand, character actors Richard Jenkins and Bradley
Whitford find themselves providing the comic relief, playing the cool and
calculating technicians. This provides a much needed balance to tone of the
film, not letting it ever get one-dimensional.
I can't still decide what to finally write about the
movie overall. Will I watch it again? No. But would I have not watched it in
the first place. No. 'The Cabin by the Woods', is a movie that you have to make
your mind about yourself. Some might call it intelligent. Others pretentious.
And some others smart but not smart enough. But till I decide what category I
will finally put the film in, you should go catch it in the movie halls.
Because whether it is smart or not but it is definitely an entertaining watch.
Labels: English, Good, Horror, Thriller