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Although the plot doesn't get you anywhere, I really enjoyed it, since I think it doesn't try to. I understood it more as an "atmospheric" work than a clear story, in which you're supposed to madden in frustration along with the characters because of the situation in the building, and all the subplots that are hinted at you.
Particularly, I cannot get enough of the writing/directing/editing duo of Ben Wheatly and Amy Jump... Fuck! they work with some trippy concepts.
While I liked it, it's tempting to call this an "interesting failure". It's wildly ambitious and creative, but the lack of direction (storywise) or focus holds it back. Despite massive potential it never quite amounts to what it should, leaving a nagging feel of frustration. Still, the superb filmmaking carries it through, and there's some interesting commentary in there. The main thing I took away from it, though, is excitement for Wheatley's future. Man is talented.
The failings of the adaptation is similar to that of the source material. Once the story goes off the rails, it merely plateaus before the rather flat finish. There is so much potential here that either can more fleshed out or simply made shorter by about twenty minutes.
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