Vacancy 2: The First Cut review
NOTE: Please understand I am not a “film critic”. I find film critiquing to be highly subjective. Few, if any, critics really know what they’re talking about, and it’s a rare occasion that I will frequently agree with any of them on a regular basis. This applies even to Roger Ebert, whose loved some of the most dreadful movies ever made (such as Any Given Sunday, Scary Movie) while loathing what I thought were decent films (The Jackal). When it comes to “reviewing” a movie, my goal is to tell you what I liked, didn’t like and let you decide for yourself.
For Vacancy 2: The First Cut (the prequel to Vacancy), here’s what I liked:
1. British actor Scott G. Anderson is completely credible as Smith, the ominous murderer. He also hid his accent very well.
2. The film had surprisingly little gore in it, getting its scare factor from suspense–a quality I love.
What I didn’t like:
1. Plot holes, plot holes, plot holes: at the beginning it says authorities found 200 videotaped murders over, apparently, a three-year period. This averages to more than one per week. I’ve always thought that the murderers out there who like what they do and want to keep doing it abide by one common sense rule: keep a low profile and don’t draw attention to yourself. This would violate that.
2. These guys did far too many unnecessary things (such as murdering nearby witnesses and leaving fingerprints all over the house) to have gotten away with this for this long.
3. When people check into Room 6 (no doubt, a reference to 666), they didn’t notice the smell of the decaying corpse underneath their room?
4. When the girl gets away and reports the crime, the police tell her there’s no camera equipment or bodies. Considering the Smith character was last seen with a nasty neck wound and severe facial burns, am I really supposed to believe he was able to come back within a few days and completely whiteglove the place?
Overall, V2 came across as a cheesy movie made to capitalize on the first one. As I watched, it seemed like a movie based on a script written in a hurry–not a good sign. It was released direct to video, which tells me expectations were very low.