I'm sure it's pretty obvious that the main reason I chose this movie is my love of Harry Potter. Plus I think Daniel Radcliffe seems like a pretty rad, normal dude in real life. I enjoy watching him take on other projects besides Harry Potter. His American accent in this film though? Awful. And super distracting. I think Radcliffe is always a great actor, and I admire is willingness to take on parts in all kinds of films ("What If" last year was a romantic hipster comedy type and "The Woman in Black" a few years ago was a decent horror movie).
This movie really plays with the perception of what's real and what isn't. Are the horns actually there? Some people can see them, some can't. And those who can seem none too concerned. The movie also has a "Gone Girl"-esque quality to it...I spent most of the movie wondering whether or not he actually killed Merrin. I wanted to believe he didn't, but the evidence (and the horns on his head) seemed to be piling up against him.
This movie is chock full of symbolism, and I loved it. Everything from the snakes that carry out Igg's dirty work, to the placement of fire in the forefront of certain scenes to the name of the diner with the batshit waitress ("Eve's" with an apple logo). And obviously the wings he sprouts at the end (which were kind of ridiculous). All a juxtaposition of good and evil. Heaven and hell. And who expected Heather Graham to pop up in this sort of movie? Oh and Dexter's dad too!
I guess what kind of irked me the whole time is why did Igg get the horns when Lee was the one who actually killed her? Igg was made out to be the devil the entire time even when he was innocent, and throughout the film he slowly is transformed into the devil because of the horns. He starts using his power to commit terrible acts (torturing his brother, etc). And why did Merrin's cross protect Lee from seeing the horns and inevitably end of saving Igg (for a hot minute)? Is this another sort of symbolism in which Merrin is the God/Christ-like figure who sacrificed herself? The quote "Love made devils of us both" stuck out at the end as kind of an explanation for everything that went on...in the end both Lee and Igg were transformed into monsters because of love- Lee through his unrequited love of Merrin and Igg through his willingness to do anything and everything to clear his name and bring justice to Merrin.
The twists sprinkled throughout were unexpected and elevated the movie from a "typical" horror/thriller. I didn't see it coming that she had terminal cancer and was pushing him away on purpose to save him. I didn't see it coming that Lee was actually the killer, and Lee had me convinced that Merrin was actually in love with him when that wasn't the case at all.
They lost me at the end when he sprouted wings and turned into the devil...got wayyyy too hoky. They should have saved the money they used on that crappy CGI. Ok maybe they lost me when he came out of the burning car alive. I think the movie could have ended about 30 minutes before it actually did, it got a little long winded/far fetched at the end (I mean I guess the whole thing is pretty far fetched...he did sprout horns). Oh and the guy getting his head blown off with the shotgun? Awesome. But pretty B horror movie kind of stuff that lowers the quality of the film overall.
All in all...I'm going C+ on this one. Had some unexpected twists, good acting by Radcliffe. Definitely not your typical horror movie (is this a horror movie? thriller? I'm not sure what to call it...)