Review: The Cabin in the Woods

April 16, 2012, 11:48 am
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Surrendering 121 hours of your life to a television show is the very definition of devotion. But Lost was worthy of every minute of the dedication required to truly appreciate its labyrinthine magnificence - even if it didn't fully satiate with its closing coda.

One of the visionaries behind the limbo island inventiveness was Drew Goddard, serving as the show's executive producer for several seasons and penning a slew of its scripts. Now with the finally unleashed The Cabin in the Woods, Goddard has uncorked an epic - essentially directing the most demented and outrageously fulfilling episode of Lost ever.

Co-writing Cabin's razor-sharp script with fanboy hero and The Avengers helmer Joss Whedon, the combo take the très played-out "teens trapped in the woods" archetype and flip the proceedings on its roof - fusing elements of Lost throughout. Without wrecking the flick's ingenious premise, let's just say the DNA of "The Dharma Initiative" is detectable from the get-go.

The "fate versus free will" debate is deployed by the nefarious folks behind the scenes who have the duty of pulling the strings on the proceedings. The kids in the cabin will meet their demise but it must be done of their innate decisions - thrusting things upon the kiddos is a no-no in the film's riotous rulebook.

The Cabin in the Woods is a rough review to write because the movie must be seen without any outside interferences. If someone starts talking about the thing, the shouting "la-la-la" while cupping your ears routine is the recommended course of action.

Without divulging a single plot point more, think of The Cabin in the Woods as a live-action recreation of Monsters, Inc. loaded with miscreations that are just a tad more malevolent. Or you could simply call it the most maniacal monster movie ever created. 

Prepare to have your mouth agape.

Grade: A

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It was many moons ago in a darkened theater that my love of cinema took root as I snuck in to see my first R-rated film, Blade Runner. The futuristic vision that Ridley Scott unleashed on the screen was simply soul-expanding — spiritual even. From that moment, my mission to have that kind of magic strike again began in earnest. My hope is to be able to shine a light on films that may just have that kind of effect on you — films that may be lesser known, but not lesser in impact. 
             
- Erick Weber

Final Cut Scoring System
99-95% Opening night
94-90% Opening weekend
89-86% In theaters
85-83% On Demand
82-80% Netflix/Redbox
79-75% If desperate
74-70% If dozing off
69-65% If intoxicated
64-60% If comatose
Below 60% If brain dead

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