(Review originally written at 5 March 2005)

This movie is fairly unknown and I see no reason why this should be any different. "The 4th Floor" is an highly unoriginal thriller/horror movie. There have been made dozens of movies like this the last couple of years and difference is that most of them were better than this one.

Yes, the movie does have some good moments and suspense but you can tell that director Josh Klausner is too unexperienced. There isn't much originality and the movie falls into some obvious clichés. Josh Klausner normally only works as second unit director for the Farrelly brothers. My advice to him is to stick to that job.

After a couple of minutes I already figured out the ending. Smart you!' you might say but I think it says something more about the originality and predictability of this movie than about my intelligence.

Still it was fun to see Shelley Duvall in a movie again. Besides "The Shining" I don't think that I ever have seen her in a other movie. I also enjoyed Tobin Bell who I like as an actor. Too bad he never ever really stars in big roles in big productions. William Hurt is a good actor but his role was simply too small in this movie to be really notable.

I can't think of any reason why you should watch this movie. But when you still decide to do so, you won't be completely disappointed, just as long as you don't expect too much of it.


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Watches movies...writes about them...and that's it for now.
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