Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 78% (Critics) / 61% (Audience)
Directed By: Mikael Håfström
Written By: Matt Greenberg, Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski
Starring: John Cusack, Samuel L. Jackson and Mary McCormack
Synopsis: Mike Enslin, writer who is famous for debunking claims of paranormal events, checks into the infamous room 1408 in the Dolphin Hotel. The room is purported to be a receptacle for paranormal energy and Mike is convinced that it is just a hoax to drum up business for the hotel. However, once Mike checks in he is faced with undeniable proof that the supernatural is real but he may not survive to write about it.
Great acting from Samuel L. Jackson and John Cusack, especially Cusack who carries the majority of the film on his shoulders where it is just him in a room acting against the spooky goings on around him. There is also a genuinely creepy vibe gives this flick major points. There were moments in the movie that were absolutely scary enough to make you want to turn on every light in your house.
1408 suffers from the same affliction that almost every Stephen King adaption does…the movie completely falls apart in the last 15-20 minutes. Its a shame because things were going so well up till terrible ending. I am all for ambiguity in the resolution of a movie as long as it is done well but muddled confusion is another matter completely.
John Cusack is old and if John Cusack is old then that means I am old too. This makes me very sad.
Final Verdict: A good rental movie for a night of ghostly fun or even if you are just bored but be prepared for an unsatisfying conclusion that can color your opinion of everything that came before. C+