The bigger question surrounding this nail-biter isn’t “to B or not to B?,” but whether it’s trying to be an old-school suspense flick geared toward the Saw demographic or a milder version of today’s torture-porn horror chic. Violence is doled out sparingly in between technically flawless sieges and chase scenes; what we do see is nasty, grungy and visceral. Yet the short, sharp shocks feel gratuitously amped up to appeal to jaded thrill seekers (who’ll complain about the small portions) and too needlessly brutal for everybody else. Vacancy may be trying to bridge both worlds, but it ends up straddling the fence.
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