OPEN WINDOWS – Movie Review
Open Windows is a new action thriller starring Elijah Wood and Sasha Grey.
Oscar®-nominated writer-director Nacho Vigalondo (The ABCs of Death, Timecrimes, V/H/S Viral) creates an action-packed world of voyeurism and suspense in his thriller OPEN WINDOWS. Nick (Elijah Wood, Maniac, The Lord of the Rings) is excited to discover that he’s won a dinner date with his favorite actress, Jill Goddard (Sasha Grey, Would You Rather, The Girlfriend Experience). But when Jill refuses to honor the contest, her manager Chord (Neil Maskell, Wild Bill, Pusher) makes an offer he can’t refuse: the ability to view Jill secretly via computer. Nick begins watching the unknowing star on her webcam, not realizing that this decision will put both himself and Jill at risk as they enter a terrifying world of cat-and-mouse where nothing—and no one—are as they seem.
Open Windows is about a super-fan named Nick (Wood) who thinks he’s won a dinner date with Jill (Grey) off the internet. The film opens with him in his hotel room waiting for this supposed dinner date, but soon we learn that it wasn’t even real. We then see that a man named Chord (Maskell), who is claiming to be Jill’s “campaign manager”, gets in touch with Nick and wants to help him meet his idol. As his demands go on, they get worse and worse and sooner than later, Nick has become a puppet in this sick mans game.
While this story may not sound that original just from that brief little description, Open Windows stays true to it’s content and originality. The whole film is viewed directly from Nick’s laptop. This type of direction hasn’t been seen too much and was most recently used in 2013’s The Den. It worked for The Den and while it wasn’t as effective, it did work for Open Windows in many other ways. Open Windows is not just one genre, but many. It has it’s thriller moments, it’s crime stopping moments, and even some horror elements. Open Windows keeps you guessing and and guessing throughout the whole movie. You soon start to piece the puzzle together and once you think you finally got it, you realize that you don’t. I thought I had this whole movie figured out, but once I got to the end, I was actually shocked and I think that’s one of the things that stood out for me.
But while being shocked is a good thing, when done right, I do believe there may have been too much going on in Open Windows. While it wasn’t super hard to follow, I do think they could’ve taken a few things out and maybe have made it a bit shorter. I wouldn’t deem this the best movie of the year, but it was really entertaining nonetheless.
Open Windows is available on VOD October 2nd and will be released in theaters November 7th.