Open Windows Reviews
I have been longing to watch this film since it was out, only now it had happened. There are not many hacking film that could satisfy thoroughly. Well, I haven't found as impressive as the recent 'Who Am I'. This film was more like partially a found-footage type. Everything was from webcams and phone cams. Not exactly truthful to the reality. Even people with basic knowledge about computers would know that. But entertainment was there. I enjoyed it, mainly because of the speed and being an edgy.
Well, a contest winner is waiting in his hotel room for his dinner date with a celebrity in the later night. While he was updating his blog, someone hacks his computer and gives more contents for the blog than he had thought of. But soon it all plays out differently. Now he's the hacker's puppet, and must follow everything he says or the consequences would be serious. How far it all goes and how it all ends are the remaining story to tell us.
As I said not the best in this theme, but watchable film. Everything was a one night event. Slowly started and then picked up the pace before ending on a high. The end was not good, the twist. At least that's how I felt. Should have been better, yet acceptable. Elijah was good. I just checked it out after seeing his nice act in his latest Netflix film. The rest of the cast was fine too. A Spanish film in English language. Soon I'm going to check out the 'Colossal' from this same director. So it is a good time pass film and you might enjoy it as I did.
Geeky website owner wins a date with the girl of his dreams who is web site is all about. In his hotel room, he receives a message from a guy claiming to be from the team responsible for his prize and letting him know that the young actress, Jill, has refused to show and that she actually has a history of bad behaviour and isn't so nice. The caller indicates he is fed up with Jill's attitude, and as compensation he tells the geek he will do some hacking which allows him to spy on Jill online for the evening.
The format of the movie is all shot through the computer and other recordings such as a video camera. It's been done a few times recently, but still something a bit different and the premise seemed interesting.
At about 50 minutes in it felt like the movie must be finishing soon. Really wish it had because the longer it went on, the less I cared. Talk about losing the plot.
I'm still not sure about the confusion twists at the end, and worse, I don't really care that I didn't get it. Annoyed I spent money and time on this mess. Now to find somebody on eBay to offload it on...
Don't see it.
We Got This Covered stating overall that "Open Windows" spams audiences with an overload of development without much explanation, much like those information-less ads claiming to solve your impotency problem with a magic formula.". "Open Windows" wants to be Brian De Palma, but ends up as Uwe Boll. This is a poor mans thriller with amateurish cinematography, amateurish script, amateurish acting and an amateurish vibe. Elijah Wood has ended up doing worse and worse movies and I reckon he can hardly be proud of this. His performance in "Open Windows" is scattered and pretty much so so. Former pornstar Sasha Grey is no better. She´s hardly a grade A actress. The general idea is there with blackmail, manipulation, advanced technology, hackers and social media, but it´s handled in an amateurish messy way with plot holes and illogical actions. I like the effort of making the film more or less via computer screens, phones, tv cameras etc, but yet again it fails due to the amateurish handling. "Open Windows" is a film to forget and move on from.