The Cabin In The Woods
August 23, 2012
The Cabin In The Woods
"You think you know the story."
Five nubile college kids head to a cabin in the woods to party. Horrific mayhem ensues. But if you've paid any attention at all to the marketing of this film, there's a twist, one that Lionsgate and Whedon himself has begged early viewers not to reveal.
I heard the words "The Cabin In The Woods" itself from the euphoria of The Avengers not long moment ago, as Joss Whedon directs it. Moreover, after the huge success of The Avengers, I began to mentally and physically wait for the movie to come out. I didn't put high expectation in this movie, but I did do some guessing; "Judging from the poster, I can say the story will be about couple of young teenagers having their day off at a cabin in the woods which then lead to a post-sex party slaughter." Hell, I thought I knew the story. Well, not until I watched the trailer (I hardly recommend all of you who haven't watched the movie TO NOT WATCH THE FREAKING TRAILER! Or googling for some pictures/reviews. Even it's hard for me to write this review without spoiling the slightest details).
The story begins with 2 different screen-takes; one showing five teenagers, planning to have their day off, while the other one showing 2 male adults having their usual job at some office that looks like a lab. I mean, I know what'll happen with those five teenagers, but what about that 2 guys? That's the point. The relation between those 2 is what Joss trying to surprise you with, what he's trying to make you guess about. Should I really write what happens next? I can only tell you this : my first expectation does come true, at the very beginning, but God knows what'll happen next.
Whedon promised to make one off-mainstream horror-type movie, and he did! TCITW is smarter, more serious, darker and far beyond your expectation (which excites me like crazy). The plot is well constructed, along with the genius script topped with smart & mouthful humors. Looking for scare-fest and gritty aspect? You got it. Itching for twists, surprises, jawdropping climax and unforgettable ending? You got it. Even with a bonus, a shocking cameo you'll cheer on. And oh (this can be a little bit spoiling), when those teenagers begging for a life and the adults (actually watching them) cheering in front of the 'screen', just .. GENIUS. Plus, is it just me or the twist somehow feels like a genre switching?
Bottom line, I can't criticize more about this movie. Like I told you, the shocking twist (should I say the entire purpose of the story?) faded all the flaws (like the blurry beginning and not-so-good act from the teenager actors -just the teenagers, because Richard Jenkins and Bradley Whitford freak me out enough with their damned straight face and this-is-my-job saneful thought). I just .. IT'S MINDBLOWING! I love it. Watch it or not? DEFINITELY WATCH IT. You'll have the moment of .. JEOPARDY.
Sitterson : "They have to make the choice of their own free will. Otherwise, system doesn't work. Like the harbinger: creepy old fuck practically wears a sign saying "YOU WILL DIE". Why would we put him there? The system. They have to choose to ignore him. They have to choose what happens in the cellar. yeah, we write the game as much as we have to but in the end, if they don't transgress they can't be punished."