A handful of sparky flourishes are not enough to save this lacklustre production-line copy of an already unexceptional original.
Film review: Apartment 1303
Starring: Mischa Barton, Julienne Michelle,
De Mornay, Corey Sevier
Shot in the Canadian city of Montreal, doubling for Detroit, Apartment 1303 is an uninspired reworking of Ataru Oikawa’s 2007 psycho-thriller. Julienne Michelle plays Janet, a teenager who leaves her troubled home for a high-rise pad with a dark history. When Janet dies in bizarre circumstances, her sister Lana (Mischa Barton) moves in to confront the apartment’s ghosts. Michael Taverna throws in the obligatory heart-jolting twists and spooky visual shocks, while Rebecca De Mornay steals a few scenes as Lana’s dissolute mother. In the end, sadly, a handful of flourishes are not enough to save this copy of an already unexceptional original.
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