1408 (15)

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Time Out says

Posted: Fri Aug 24 2007

A polished Stephen King adaptation from Swedish director Mikael Håfström (‘Derailed’), whose taut psychological chiller is tarnished only by outstaying its welcome towards the end. It’s virtually a one-man show for John Cusack, as a jaded debunker of paranormal phenomena whose curiosity is piqued by an anonymous postcard about Room 1408 at New York’s Dolphin Hotel. So he checks in, dismissing as sales patter hotel manager Samuel L Jackson’s forceful warning that, ‘it’s a an evil fucking room’.

Once inside, however, the cynical Cusack is assailed not only by malevolent supernatural forces, but also his own inner demons – painful memories of the death of his daughter and the subsequent collapse of his marriage. His increasing paranoia and psychological unravelling therefore have an affecting emotional dimension, although the flashbacks and a badly misjudged false ending take us out of the room and undercut the sense of claustrophobia. Håfström stages the set-piece scares with skill, helped by Benoît Delhomme’s imaginative cinematography and some nice creepy touches: notably, a clock radio that only plays The Carpenters’ ‘We’ve Only Just Begun’.

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15

UK release:

Fri Aug 31, 2007

Duration:

105 mins

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lebyvr

I loved the first 1/2 hour , scary. the rest of the movie was ok with lots of complications and mysteries that wont be revealed which I hate , great acting . lots of effects which ruins the movie, why can't horror movies be simple without computer effects with such great actors.!

Stuart

Billed as a psychological thriller, this film did exactly what it said on the tin. Screwed with my brain and left me glued to a TV that I didn't want to watch! Awesome ending aswell!

Stuart

Billed as a psychological thriller, this film did exactly what it said on the tin. Screwed with my brain and left me glued to a TV that I didn't want to watch! Awesome ending aswell!

Sarah

Very disappointed, the film is confusing and not at all scary. 108 minutes wasted. Would rather have watched paint dry.

frank the cut

great film punjabi mc makes a dramatic cameo towards the end which was gret and the storyline was well ratu but piece confusin at time but sameways big film on road

frank the cut

great film punjabi mc makes a dramatic cameo towards the end which was gret and the storyline was well ratu but piece confusin at time but sameways big film on road

Kiesha

I ABSOLUTELY LOVED THIS FILM! It Was Truly Amazing! One of the best films i've ever seen in my life! I Screamed in the cinemas! jus genius film! has u sitting at the end of chair all the way till the end. Its A Must See! I Would defoo see it again and highly recommend it!

Kiesha

I ABSOLUTELY LOVED THIS FILM! It Was Truly Amazing! One of the best films i've ever seen in my life! I Screamed in the cinemas! jus genius film! has u sitting at the end of chair all the way till the end. Its A Must See! I Would defoo see it again and highly recommend it!

Tina

I wasn't overly fussed on this film, it's practically 2 hours off just one man in a room. John Cusack's acting was marvellous, and he was brilliant in it. But there wasn't much in it that hasn't been done in other horror films, not much new here, have seen better scary movies.

Tom guest

I actually only went to see this because everything else had already started, and Im SO glad I did!!! John Cusak is one of the greatest actors around, and although predicatable at times, there wasnt a single second where I wasnt entertained. Go see this film!

Tom guest

I actually only went to see this because everything else had already started, and Im SO glad I did!!! John Cusak is one of the greatest actors around, and although predicatable at times, there wasnt a single second where I wasnt entertained. Go see this film!

josey

Really enjoyed and it has such cool twists and turns all the way through.

josey

Really enjoyed and it has such cool twists and turns all the way through.

tracey

im still shackin from this movie it was most deffo the scariest flim iv ever seen gosh my poor boyfriends hand i nearly broke it **SORRY BABE** best acting ever well done on this flick everyone go see it u'll br kickin yourself if u dont.. fuckin brill flim xXxXxXxXxXxXxXxXx

tracey

im still shackin from this movie it was most deffo the scariest flim iv ever seen gosh my poor boyfriends hand i nearly broke it **SORRY BABE** best acting ever well done on this flick everyone go see it u'll br kickin yourself if u dont.. fuckin brill flim xXxXxXxXxXxXxXxXx

Bea

It was scary, can't say I really enjoyed it, I was watching it through my fingers! I know, light weight.

Adam

quite a scary film, however gets a little confusing towards the end! worth watching!!

punjabi kurri

I thought this film was quite gd tho it was abit confusing at the beginning. I must admit I did jump at times, it was scary creepy etc but not much blood or gore which was gd. Overall i think its a must see film so go watch and enjoy :P

punjabi kurri

I thought this film was quite gd tho it was abit confusing at the beginning. I must admit I did jump at times, it was scary creepy etc but not much blood or gore which was gd. Overall i think its a must see film so go watch and enjoy :P

kurri punjaban

I thoutght this was film quite gd., abit confusing at the start tho. It was scary creepy etc but no gore blood or guts which was gd. I mst admit it did make me jump at tyms. Its definately a must se film so go and watch it and enjoy.

kurri punjaban

I thoutght this was film quite gd., abit confusing at the start tho. It was scary creepy etc but no gore blood or guts which was gd. I mst admit it did make me jump at tyms. Its definately a must se film so go and watch it and enjoy.

meerkatz

As a gay man may i thank you for this film. Went to see it last night with a daishy st8 mate . on Two occasions he felt the need to grab my hand. But since then no letter, no flowers not even a phone call but well worth £5.50 to experience lol lol lol lol

James MC

Tasteful with acting at its greatest. Cusack and Samuel L Jackson are the best suited duo to make this a horrifylingly skin crawler - dont buy on DVD - go to the cinema now!

James MC

Tasteful with acting at its greatest. Cusack and Samuel L Jackson are the best suited duo to make this a horrifylingly skin crawler - dont buy on DVD - go to the cinema now!

Gaz Coward

I just got back from watching “1408� So what can I say about the film? WOW! The film had some of the best acting I’ve seen from “Cusack� in many years, Samuel L. Jackson was a great hotel manager, his character set the pitch for the film with his spooky attitude towards room “1408� I don’t want to say to much because I’m sure a lot of people haven’t yet managed to get to the cinema to watch it but my final thought on the movie is this…. If you don’t go to see it at the cinema then make sure you rent it on DVD when it’s released as you’d be a fool to miss out!

Gaz Coward

I just got back from watching “1408� So what can I say about the film? WOW! The film had some of the best acting I’ve seen from “Cusack� in many years, Samuel L. Jackson was a great hotel manager, his character set the pitch for the film with his spooky attitude towards room “1408� I don’t want to say to much because I’m sure a lot of people haven’t yet managed to get to the cinema to watch it but my final thought on the movie is this…. If you don’t go to see it at the cinema then make sure you rent it on DVD when it’s released as you’d be a fool to miss out!

Chris

This was way too long and disappointing. It wasn't even that scary. The whole concept is interesting but the conclusion is predictable and the special effects not that impressive.