What the… what did I just watch? A film about Hank (Paul Dano) who appears to be stranded on a beach somewhere when a dead body, Manny (Daniel Radcliffe) washes up. He uses this body not only to survive, but to get him back to civilisation. Only… what?
This is magnificently weird, and I was surprised that I actually loved it. Well, most of it. It had that wonderful quirky US Independent film feel, and I was unsure if I was living in a very strange reality or the mysterious world of a delusional man – and I didn’t care. And then it ended, and I really didn’t like the end at all. I felt like the world I was inhabiting was ruined, and I was left feeling that I just didn’t like the film, and that’s not true. I really did like it, just not the end bit.
Having to go to ground after the events of the first film, the four horsemen are toey. These guys are performers, they need an audience. Well no Isla Fisher’s character – she’s not in this film. Anyhow, they (Jesse Eisenberg as Atlas, Woody Harrelson as McKinney, Dave Franco as Wilder and joined by Lizzy Caplan as Lula) come back, with the help of Rhodes (Mark Ruffalo), but there is a new player in the game – Walt Wabry (Daniel Radcliffe) a millionaire eccentric who loves magic. Now Bradley (Morgan Freeman) and Tressler (Michael Caine) also need to come back, and we have a lot of fun. Big magic, big tricks, no idea about what’s going on and then BAM things get fun. It’s ace in the same way the first one is ace. I doubt they’ll make another, but I kinda hope they will.
Arthur Kipps (Daniel Radcliffe) is a lawyer whose wife died in childbirth and he is suffering from depression, but it is many, many years ago and so he just has to battle through. He’s about to be fired from work, but just if he manages to finish off this one case, things will be okay. So, he travels to a small town where everyone is weird – avoiding him and giving him dirty looks – everyone expect Sam Daily (Ciaran Hinds) and his wife, Elizabeth (Janet McTeer). So he goes to the house that is haunted and things get a bit scary.
I think this is a pretty awful film. It’s certainly beautiful, and extremely scary when it wanted to be. But, overall, the acting is tedious throughout, the script is lacking, it’s just a bit crap. If you want to have a scare, watch this in the dark alone and that’ll be fun, but really, not worth it.