Is that what I think it is?
Yeah, and look over here!
What, no, explain it to me.
It's what you think.
Oh God, what do we do?
That is about the caliber of the dialog that permeates this entire movie. Throughout the entire film the characters talk about financial melt down while assiduously avoiding difficult words like "money" and "not enough".
It's pretty bad. It reminds me of something we would act out when I was in high school.
The one redeeming quality of this film is Jeremy Irons. He doesn't try to transcend the limitations of the script, but he doesn't seem checked out either. He meets the role for what it is. Kevin Spacey tries to rescue the script. Paul Bettany REALLY tries to rescue the script. Demi Moore looks bored.
Blair Witch defined a new genera - and there are no shortage of entries in the distinctive (if formulaic) field. Paranormal Activity, Catfish, [REC] are just a few of my favorites in recent years. Well, I've got another one or the list. Troll Hunter, released in 2010, is my #2 in the "Spawn of Blair Witch" Category. (My #1 is Catfish, which you could argue doesn't really qualify as Blair Witch-y because it isn't horror.)
Before you say it, yes I know this movie is a remake. And yes, I too often find in wearisome that Hollywood has to remake every decent foreign film that comes along. But every once in a while the remake really adds to the original film. The Ring creates a unique kind of mood, helped in no small part by the wet and weighty Seattle climate, and that is really what we watch (this kind) of horror movie to experience - and that is why this 'remake' still manages to be unique.