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As a fan of Dario Argento's original, I was cautiously hopeful about this remake, but ended up feeling really let down. This remake doesn't have the pervasive sense of inevitable doom of the original, nor does it deliver on the scares. While it is punctuated with some good performances by some of the cast, it lacks the visual punch of the original, and replaces the original's sense of dread with occasional moments of uninspired gore.
The ending is likewise dissatisfying, giving us a long sequence of "wtf?" moments that left me puzzled as to what the writers might have been thinking. The biggest change from the original is featured in the ending, and that change makes no sense whatsoever - there is zero story motivation for it and, in fact, it contradicts story elements established earlier.
This remake is an hour longer than the original, but that extra hour is not used to expand the story in a compelling way, or even to treat the viewer to interesting visuals. It feels more like the director wanted to gloat over his own inflated sense of self-importance.
Uninspired visuals, lackluster storytelling, a script that meanders all over the place and pulls in entirely unnecessary historical events in an attempt to infuse itself with deeper meaning, a bunch of unmotivated gross-outs, along with the dumbest ending I've seen in a long time make this movie one I won't add to my collection. Rent it if you must, but if you're a fan of the original, be warned that your expectations won't be met (no matter how good you are at *not* having expectations). You might like this movie if you never saw the original, but even then, I can't imagine you'd think it was especially good.
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