While I sure do love me some Nic Cage action, I’m afraid Pay the Ghost didn’t payout for me. Surprisingly it is seeing some strong reviews elsewhere and perhaps this film will be your cup o’ tea, but I feel like we are regurgitating “kidnapping story x” and putting a supernatural spin on it while basing it around Halloween to give it marketing credibility.
That’s not to say that production value isn’t good or that Cage or Sarah Wayne Calles offer less than enjoyable performances. Both actors are strong and the movie looks really good. It’s just that I feel like we’ve heard this one before and while the trailer may be a nice snapshot of a great story, the movie itself is formulaic.
If you stick around for the end you’ll find some supernatural elements that at least bring the movie into season for October, and it won’t be the worst picture you watch all year. As a parent, the whole concept unnerved me at first until I saw the architectural design of the film unfold into something less than novel. I was lost in how ordinary it had become from a strong beginning even with lovable characters with which I could identify.
I’m not going to write this one off for you, and tell you to avoid it. I think there’s a strong movie here for some of you genre fans who may not have seen every Horror picture put out in the last 5 years (or action thriller for that matter). Perhaps I’m too jaded too enjoy Pay the Ghost. Perhaps I can’t enjoy it because I identify in part with Cage’s character and his plight of losing his child makes me sick to my stomach with worry.
Let me know how you fare.
Available in limited theatrical released, VOD and iTunes September 25th.
Oscar® winner Nicolas Cage (Leaving Las Vegas) stars in this intense and chilling thriller about one man’s desperate search for his missing child. One year after his young son disappeared during a Halloween carnival, Mike Lawford (Cage) is haunted by eerie images and terrifying messages he can’t explain. Together with his estranged wife (Sarah Wayne Callies, The Walking Dead), he will stop at nothing to unravel the mystery and find their son—and, in doing so, he unearths a legend that refuses to remain buried in the past.