Jacob’s review published on Letterboxd:
AAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!! AAAAAAHHH!!! AHHHHHHH!!!
I don't know why y'all HATE cinema and refuse to acknowledge how damn good this movie is, but I was truly terrified by it. This is undoubtedly one of the scariest viewing experiences I've had -- I can't imagine what this would've been like in a theater. I felt such genuine investment in these characters and their own fears, and the twists and turns were so exciting. Leigh Whannell's classic injections of humor really give this some necessary breathing room, and Wan's direction is perhaps the best it's ever been. Above all else, there was just so much more creativity here than I see in the average contemporary horror film. I can admit that it struggles to maintain momentum in the middle and some of the conflict becomes contrived, but I was too caught up in it to care.
The ten-minute flashback opening sequence, that bright red title card, and then the slow zoom in to the interrogation room? I can't imagine a more perfect opening.