I saw it yesterday as planned.... wheew! what a ride!
I read a few posts back before posting this and I agree with what's already been said, specially from Gen. Kenobi... As for the characters' backstory, or lack of it that is, I will add this:Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
While the characters were indeed forgettable, and expendables of course, I liked Mia's addiction problems, the fact she was brought here for a reason, her brother's and family's issues as well. These were just some glimpses at times, but they did add something to them, and particularly to Mia. I liked that.
Jane Levy was fantastic, and very cute (is it weird that I find her cute even with her ghostly tan?
). She indeed carries the whole thing and does it perfectly from beginning to end. And while the other characters were indeed forgettable, sort of, the cast does a rather good job.
About the use of CGI, I think I noticed something 2 times, during 2 short segments; which means it's not distracting at all, as about 98% of the film visuals are practical effects. What. A. Relief!!!!!! And they are among the best and most convincing I've seen.
After the trailers and buzz surrouding the film I went with high expectations, and the film did meet my expectations, at times even exceeded them. As always, I have something to say about the music as well, which helped giving the film a seriousness that was more than welcome.
Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
From the very beginning (after the opening scene), there's an aerial shot above the woods, we could have heard some pseudo-catchy radio rock crap during that shot, but it was the theme, gently played at the piano... We know from this moment that these young persons are not here just for the fun of being lost in the woods like so many horror flicks...
I'm glad they didn't go for the usual "angry teen" garbage rock tunes...
The film will have a very successful weekend - so I'm already looking forward to the sequel.
The director said the Blu-ray will feature the NC-17 version (but they'll probably call it "unrated director's cut"), and for me this will be a day 1 purchase no matter what.