Don't Blink

Don't Blink

On DVD: 
Tuesday, October 14, 2014

The things I hate about most horror movies is that they aren’t scary, they take themselves too seriously, and everyone suppresses their better judgement to a man (usually) who is just too stupid to live.  However, Don’t Blink does a good job on most of these fronts.

When a group of friends travel to a secluded lodge for a winter vacation they realize they’re the only ones around. Everyone and everything is missing; no staff, no lodgers, not even any animals! Food, clothing and makeup has been left about signaling a very hasty exit.

When Alex (Zack Ward) finds out that not even the insects are hiding in the dirt, he demands they all leave (yes!). However, they all arrived at the lodge running on near E, expecting to refill there. Suddenly, Tracy (Mena Suvari) disappears and is no where to be found. The group panics, but the search is fruitless.

When they attempt to fill their tanks, they find the vintage pump system requires a key that no one can find. As the sun is setting, Jack (Brian Austin Green) thinks they should all stay there until sunrise. After a vote and an unsuccessful gas syphoning attempt, the group stays overnight.

Now, why those who wanted to leave decided to stay, why they didn’t try to continue syphoning gas, take supplies with them, and drive as hard and as fast as they could, I have no idea. Suffice it to say that without their decision to stay, there wouldn’t be a film.  However, I’m glad for the diversity of opinion and the democratic decision. These qualities, along with genuinely funny moments, make them film far less frustrating than its peers.

Friends start disappearing. Just gone without any clue as to what happened.  The tension ratchets up as we begin to see members of the group become unglued. Religious rants are made, nihilistic philosophy is spouted, self determination of destiny demanded, even helpless surrender is made. However, the movie itself seems to unravel by presenting too many questions without any hint as to what may answer them:

Where do they go?
What is making them disappear?
Is something or someone taking them?
Will they ever return?
Does disappearing mean death or are they being transported somewhere else?
Is there anyway to ward off or battle whatever it is that making them disappear?
What is the goal of the disappearing?
Who or What is the villain?

I have watched the film, but feel no closer than you might to these answers, and it is this that truly pulls well put together threads apart. It’s as if the good, intriguing ending this film deserves disappeared with everyone else.

Maria Jackson
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