"1408" directed by Mikael Hafstrom [review]

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Prescott, Nicholas Adrian
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Australian Broadcasting Corporation
1408 is a puzzling film, in many ways. It’s puzzling primarily because John Cusack is in it, and it’s not a very good film. This is an oddity, in my opinion; the ever-likeable Cusack very rarely steps out of line, usually pairing engaging turns as co-writer with canny role choices onscreen. Sadly, this, Cusack’s latest outing as a leading man, is a very dull experience; he neither wrote nor produced nor executive-anythinged it; indeed it seems suspiciously like he might have been offered too good a deal as an actor to refuse, and that he took the money and ran. Don’t get me wrong, he’s fun to watch, and he plays the not-quite-average-Joe with great skill, but it’s all in service of a film that you’re likely to forget the moment the final credits’ reflection fades from your eyeballs.
Radio, ABC, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Review, Film, Movie, Nick Prescott
Prescott, Nick 2007. Review of "1408", directed by Mikael Hafstrom. 891 ABC Adelaide website.