Review – Open Windows (2014)

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ati8slj0pynyjoipaxx8tzcbsfIt’s becoming increasingly clear that cyber thrillers are a tough genre to pull off. I can’t say I’ve seen many films with a vantage point from within the computer desktop itself, but from what I’ve seen, it’s an interesting but imperfect idea. As far as imperfections go, I still find myself interested enough to see another one, which is why we’re here today with Open Windows. Surely I’ll eventually run into a winner, right? Well, as for now, we discuss Open Windows – a movie that has so many windows open that it gives itself a dang virus. Let’s get into it.

So, Elijah wood plays Nick Chambers, a young man who has designed his very own website dedicated to uploading pictures of the famous celebrity, Jill Goddard (Sasha Grey). To make that simpler – he made a fan page. Anyways, he heads out to a convention where she is featured because he has just won the opportunity to have dinner with her. However, when she cancels on him, a mysterious character in the web gives him the opportunity to spy on her through her phone, computer, and otherwise sketchy means.

That’s where it should end, to be perfectly honest – but it doesn’t. It’s like the song that never ends, it just goes on and on, my friends. Guys, this movie should have been a nice little short film that got straight to the point, because the concept wasn’t that bad. Voyeurism is a subgenre in thriller films, as I just finished reviewing the remake of Rear Window. It’s interesting in more ways than one – but this movie just takes it too far, complete with video cameras that can apparently see through walls like Superman’s X-Ray vision – and that’s not even the worst of it.

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This movie has at the very least three concrete endings. The first one, I couldn’t help but notice was smack dab in the middle of the movie. I was about to get up to do some chores when I realized that there was still 45 minutes left. Then 30 minutes left. Then 15. This movie feels extremely long at 90 minutes because there is absolutely no flow. The first half of the movie could be considered okay if it were to end at that point – but once it drags on, the movie quickly turns to crapitude in the blink of an eye. Why? In my opinion, the film believed whole-heartedly that it required having a twist ending. So instead of having a twist that makes any logical sense, they go on and on trying to explain something that defies logic, and in result, digs itself deeper into a neverending pit of disappointment. I’m sitting here writing this review extremely confused.

I was at least somewhat interested in seeing this movie, regardless that on Netflix, it holds a 1/5 star rating. The concept looked interesting, and I am more or less, a fan of Elijah Wood. As I’ve said, the beginning of the movie isn’t bad at all – it hits all the points it needs to in order to prepare you for this cyber world…it just stumbles over itself so many times that I’m almost embarrassed at the fact that I even watched it to begin with. These movies make me question on if I should watch another one…

RATING: 3/10

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3 thoughts on “Review – Open Windows (2014)

  1. The premise behind Open Windows is a good one. This was the first cyber-found footage sort of movie that I had seen at the time and it was a fascinating idea. I liked the first half of the movie and then it kind of just got a little lost and made it more convoluted than it should have been. Great review! 🙂

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