Insidious Chapter 2, then head on over to read about it. Since today would have been the day I picked up a review for here, I will hopefully be able to double up, and make up for not getting the other review done on time. Even though I am watching live feeds from the ACL Festival, I'm pretty sure I can still get this review done between sets for groups that I like. Earlier today I watched Barricade (2012) before I got the other review done.
A year after his wife's death, Terrance (Eric McCormack) has decided to take his two kids, Cynthia (Conner Dwelly) and Jake (Ryan Grantham), to a cabin up in the mountains. This is a cabin that Leah (Jody Thompson) spend a lot of time at, and had wanted to take her family there, but never got that chance. Terrance decides to stop at a little store just before getting to the cabin where they meet Sheriff Howes (Donnelly Rhodes), who also runs the store apparently. Howes doesn't seem to be feeling too good, but waves it off when Terrance asks him if everything is okay. Once they do get to the cabin, Terrance tries to make things as fun as he can for the kids. Camping out in the living room, making sure to have a Christmas tree up and ready, having a snowball fight, and things like that. It is around the time that they all start to get coughing fits that things start to get weird. They keep seeing someone, or something, outside the cabin. The kids seem to think someone is inside the cabin at times. Is there really someone after them?
This isn't a movie from my collection, but I happened to see it was on Showtime one night and decided to record it so I could watch and review it at a later date. It has been on my DVR for a long time now, so it is about time I got it off. Now it is empty. The story sounded interesting to me, although what I read didn't go into as much detail as I did above. Writer Michaelbrent Collings and director Andrew Currie should do a little better job at trying to trick us. They made it clear what was happening the entire time, with either making sure we knew everyone was sick, and showing us them taking drugs for their colds. In some cases as well, making sure we know that alcohol was being taking with the drugs as well. With a high fever and the rest of the stuff, it wasn't hard to figure things out. On top of that, they make sure to hand you the explanation at the end by recapping things and showing things how it actually happens. It was all a bit too much. Even so, I didn't think that Barricade was all that bad. There was some good moments, even if I knew it wasn't really happening like we were seeing it. Some of it is pretty trippy, like when Terrance finds his daughter on the floor in the kitchen at one point. That was probably my favorite part of the whole film actually.
There wasn't a whole lot of effects to be found. There was some makeup here and there, but nothing all that major. Not that this film needed any big effects though. The acting was pretty good. Eric McCormack does a pretty good job of showing different emotions at the right time. I'm not sure how well he would do in other lead roles, but I thought he was a fine choice for this one. I also like Conner Dwelly. The two kids didn't really get to do as much as I would have liked. The story was focused on Terrance though, so I can't really blame Collings for not giving the two kids more than he did.
I feel like I shouldn't have spoiled the film, but it honestly wasn't hard to connect the dots way before it is explained anyway. It is still amazing though that there are people that still ask what happened. I guess they were busy with something else at the end of the film. There is a last shot of someone pulling a curtain away as the family is taken away. This goes unexplained, but it doesn't change the story any. Nothing paranormal was ever going on so I don't know why Currie chose to have that shot there. For a movie produced by the WWE, it wasn't half bad. Sure the writing could have been better but it still turned out to be a good movie. You might get a little annoyed with Terrance always falling asleep and finding his kids somewhere other than where he last left them, I know I did at times. Despite the flaws, Barricade is worth at least one watch. I'm sure I will end up watching it again if I happen across it on cable.
3 out of 5 Can't say I have had this kind or reaction from legal drugs
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