- compiled by Jeffrey Overstreet Copyright Christianity Today International
- 2003 1 Jan
Have you ever lost sleep because somebody got on your nerves? In the troubling psychological thriller
Director Brad Anderson is winning moderate approval for his film. But critics are expressing astonishment at the efforts of actor Christian Bale (
David DiCerto (Catholic News Service) says, "Anderson has crafted a grimly stylish and suspenseful meditation on guilt, alienation and paranoia, dripping with nightmarish atmospherics and noir moodiness, buttressed by Roque Banos' Bernard Herrmann-inspired score. Filmed in creepy, washed-out tones for added bleak effect, the movie, though unremittingly cheerless, ends on a redemptive note."
Darrel Manson (Hollywood Jesus) says, "In the end, we get a glimpse into some important questions about life. We think about how one deals with guilt. We think about the power of confession to set us free. We think about the way we try to hide from our problems, but know that the more we hide, the more powerful those problems become."