(2011) **** 1/2
Anyway, Octo's review from a few days ago gave a good "just enough" plot summary, but for those too lazy to scroll back a few pages, here's a brief recap: The movie begins with action basically taking place simultaneously in 2 locations. Setting A is a bunch of bureaucratic G-men tucked away in some high tech bunker. Setting B is a group of 5 college kids packing and heading off for a weekend at a cabin in the woods. As the two stories converge (at the cabin), it becomes clear that the G-men are running some sort of Truman Show-esque horror show with the 5 college co-eds as the unknowing (at first) contestants.
There's very little here that doesn't work, hence the great score, but you may be wondering, "Why not 5 stars, Landshark?" For me, this wasn't quite on the level of a Serenity or Avengers, which are 5 star Wheedon imo. Part of that might be that some of this feels just slightly like rehashed material from his epic shows of the 90s. The later years of Buffy when the army of vamp slayers take on the amassed demons from the Hellmouth came to mind a lot last night as I was watching Cabin. I also wasn't crazy about a couple of the casting choices: the hot blonde isn't quite convincing in delivering some early Wheedon repartee, though she clearly got hired for her lap-dance skills. Damn. Also, the stoner kid starts out really annoyingly by pretending to be Shaggy from Scooby Doo. Thankfully, this sort of abates as the movie continues.
Well, those are minor gripes. I think I know what Octo means when he says the big reveal is slightly underwhelming, but I have to say that there's one set piece involving elevator doors that is phenomenally fun and gorgeous and takes you back to why movies are so much goddamn fun.