The film's plot is predictable, but the characters are so well-written that it compensates for it. They are surprisingly three-dimensional for a film of this genre. The protagonists are all likable and relatable. They are flawed, but that is true of people in real life, adding another dimension to their personalities. The writers also did a good job of creating a menacing antagonist and (for the most part) sticking to the rules that they established, unlike the short that inspired it. I am impressed by how well the filmmakers were able to craft a film from such a simple premise.
There are also some other very strong parts of this film. The acting is really believable, especially Teresa Palmer, who will hopefully get even bigger roles after this. The child actor, Gabriel Bateman, was also surprisingly good. The cinematography is another strong suit. The camerawork is extremely fluid and quite beautiful for a horror film. This is accented by the production design and the score in order to create an eerie atmosphere.
Overall, I really loved "Lights Out". It's a well-made and enjoyable horror film. If you like films of this genre, I definitely recommend that you check it out.
Big Tuna's Rating: A
How Did I Watch It?: In theaters.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: Yes.