Simply A Masterpiece
Memorable, crazy movie
A great movie, one of the best of this year. There was a bit of confusion at one point in the plot, but nothing serious.
The story, direction, characters, and writing/dialogue is akin to taking a tranquilizer shot to the neck, but everything else was so well done.
It's Nicolas Cage and you know he's had his ups and downs in movies but possibly more downs. This one is in the middle. The botton line is it's always fun to see his facial expressions and dedication even to a story like this which is not that bad at all but very familiar. As a horror fan, this one feels ok at times but mostly filled with horror cliches mainly the jump scares. But that's not to say the movie didn't have it's creepy moments as there were a few nice ones that crept here and there and at one point it really reminded me of Sinister so that was a plus. Overall, it's on Netflix so why not give it a watch. The ending however was a bit laughable.
I love a good ghost story as much as the next person. This movie has the potential, but ultimately was another let down. I did manage to stay awake throughout the film, but there was nothing new. Same old, same old. Another great actor sold out to a mediocre scrip, if you ask my opinion. If you're starving for a new movie about ghosts, I suppose I'd recommend this one, but don't expect much. I'd rate it a "B" movie at best. I really felt let down by Cage. I really can't say much more about the movie without spoiling the story line, since it's so transparent. Cage pulled through on his acting, however, I feel he sold out for a weak script.
Is Pay The Ghost a Cage classic like 8mm or Face/Off? Nowhere near it. Is it as bad as some people are making it out to be? No, and at least it's better than guff like Gone In 60 Seconds or Bringing Out The Dead. I mean what's better? A film that at least tries to put together some sort of a story (even if it is a bit lacking) or films that have none or are just earlier versions of Fast & The Furious? I know what I'd rather go with.Pay The Ghost isn't that fantastic, and I'm not suggesting that it is, but for all the complaints it has received, it's altogether not THAT bad. I mean granted the story has been done a thousand times before and it's loaded with clichés (hard to find movies that don't have clichés to be honest), but this film never sets out to be a fantastic Oscar winning epic. It's a middle-of-the-road Horror film, and you get pretty much exactly what you pay for here. Nothing about the story kept me on the edge of my seat, but nothing about it wanted me to slit my wrists for something better to do either. There were a few decent moments scattered throughout, but it wasn't really all that scary.Some people moan about him but for the most part I enjoy watching Nicolas Cage. Is he over-the-top in some films? Yes, but generally he's a pretty solid actor. You tend to kind of know what you'll get with Cage. His performance in Pay The Ghost isn't anything to write home about but I think with this type of film & story if he put any more into it, then it would have been too much. I don't generally mind Sarah Wayne Callies', but the characters she plays do tend to rub me the wrong way. Her character in The Walking Dead was like that and her character here did the same.I'd say to give this film a shot if you like Nicolas Cage films or if there's nothing else better for you to watch, but other than that it's a bit of a watch it and forget it type of movie.
I found this movie quite credible for the first forty minutes or so. A child goes missing in odd circumstances at hallowe'en; his parents split up (all too common when there are tragedies involving kids), and dad's desperate, fruitless attempts to find his son lead him to near collapse. Had the unfortunate child turned up (say) drowned in a ditch, and movie ended there, it wouldn't have been bad.It was when the supernatural elements started ramping up that it all went wrong. Why is it that film-makers think that, just because the supernatural is involved, they can put in any old rubbish instead of a plot? Even in a supernatural story, people still have to behave credibly like people. There still has to be narrative continuity.Why is it that film-makers think that, just because viewers are willing -- at least for a short time -- to accept that there are evil ghostly presences at work in the world, they will also be willing to accept that 2+2=5? The plot doesn't fail for lack of realism -- well, not entirely -- but for lack of logical, narrative consistency.Watch the first half, then make up your own ending. It can't fail to be better than the one we're given.