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I thought that it was a lot better than the Shutter remake, although it still wasn't great.
Nothing really scary about it.
I did like how it didn't feel as suffocating as the original, and the ending was nice (although that depends on the person, I guess).
Aside from a hammy climax, this is a fairly decent horror. It's neither actually-scary nor cerebral, but it's an entertaining watch.
Nonetheless, it's nothing on the 2001 original, Kairo. I imagine that Craven and Wright's original meeting went something like this:
"Hey, this movie was pretty successful. What's it about?"
"Modern isolation, and also Hiroshima and Nagasaki somehow, but I haven't exactly figured those references out yet."
"Excellent. Let's make an American version, about Internet demons."
I know it sounds like I'm griping about changes, but I think being even /less/ true to the original would have made the film stronger. As it is, it comes across as a little confused. It sort of tries to be about isolation, but doesn't follow through, and is weaker for this.
Being less true to the original would have also avoided some cringeworthy stabs at guessing what the youth are doing these days, such as a scene in which it's made clear that the film's young adults, with expensive computers, in the periphery of a "hacker" circle, at an expensive college campus, in P2P's heyday (when even musicians in the industry were advocating torrents and Limewire), pirated music by visiting CD pirates in person and purchasing physical CDRWs.
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