The 4th Floor (1999)
This is a fairly effective thriller from
first timer Josh Klausner who doesn't have many new ideas of his own,
but who directs with a good atmospheric sense. The film wasn't even
given a cinematic release in its country of production, which is rather
strange bearing in mind the relatively attractive performers involved.
Juliette Lewis has the lead, and is energetic and devoted, while William
Hurt by her side looks like he's about to fall a sleep in nearly every
scene he appears. That is one uninspired performance. The supporting
cast provides some fun, however (Shelley Duvall is especially amusing)
and the premise is good as Klausner keeps a lot of spaces and people
hidden to make it all suspenseful. Obviously, it's not at all plausible,
but it stays interesting for quite a while until the ridiculous ending
kicks in with the quality of every bad horror movie you've seen. The
final shot, however, is a lot more clever.