Vacancy is a stylish, scary, ambitious thriller that recalls not only the original The Hitcher but also some of Hitchcock's work. That's for the first 45 minutes. The second 45 minutes is so routine and disappointing that it's hard to believe it was made by the same skilled filmmakers responsible for the first. Director Nimrod Antal, who helmed the riveting suspense film Kontroll a few years back, is a skilled craftsman with a terrific eye—he has the rare ability to craft images that are original and stylish, but also dramatically purposeful. His lead actors, Luke Wilson and Kate Beckinsale, are terrific as well, but by the film's midpoint the performers and director feel like they're straining to make illogical situations believable.
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