There really isn’t much I can say about Vacancy. It was entertaining but there wasn’t much substance. The plot was weak, the acting was mediocre, but the chills and thrills were strong.
Vacancy stars Kate Beckinsale and Luke Wilson as Amy and David Fox. To say that their marriage is on the rocks would be an understatement. The movie opens with the couple driving on a deserted road in the middle of the night. A chain of events leaves the couple stranded at a dilapidated motel in the middle of nowhere. The couple reluctantly takes a room and decides to deal with their problems in the morning. Little do they know that everythin that has happened up to that point has been planned by a group of men who had targeted them to be the stars of their new snuff film. The majority of this short, 80 minute film just has Beckinsale and Wilson running around the motel trying to stay alive.
Vacancy is nothing new. Everyone has seen the clique movie where the innocent victims are stalked by some crazed maniac in the middle of nowhere. The only redeeming quality of the movie was the tension caused by the killers taunting the couple. The idea that this could happen to anyone anytime they stay at a motel is what makes the film halfway bearable.
The two main characters of film give tolerable performances but there is only so much acting one can do in a film of this caliber. The main killer of the film is very disappointing because of his geeky attitude. He goes around killing people and when he receives barely a scratch he squeals like a baby. The film was bearable but was nothing out of the ordinary. Pure and simple, it had a good entertainment value which allows me to give Vacancy a C.