I'm very hard to please when it comes to the horror genre, but pleased I am with 1408, a dread concoction from Stephen King, sharply committed to film by a clever screenplay, solid direction and terrific performances.
When I first watched it, I couldn't believe how much the little boy in the movie reminded me of my grandson. His charecter is soooooooooo cute. You gotta love him. I've watched this movie several time over & still enjoy it. I have since bought two of this movie & given one away. Also taken it to work to share with co-workers. They loved it!! It'll steal your heart way!
Its chief pleasure is the acting of the big cast, notably Pacino. At 55, he has a haggard, life-wrestling beauty and a street eloquence that has more innocence than De Niro and more sincerity than Nicholson.
This is an esoteric film that has not gotten the attention it deserves. Cusack, Thornton, Blanchett, and Jolie all provide rock-solid performances. The movie is positively hilarious, and I fear some people just do not get it. If you like witty humor in the form of situational awkwardness, intelligent conversations, and amusing character portrayals, this movie is for you.
A lot of famous faces populate the courtroom in this overplotted and farfetched tale of jury-tampering, but they and the horse they rode in on are all so mired in illogical, head-scratching incoherence, they need lawyers of their own.