Release Date: June 22, 2007
Starring: John Cusack, Samuel L.
Jackson, Mary McCormack, and
Audience: Older teenagers and adults
Runtime: Approximately 99 minutes
Distributor: Dimension Films/The Weinstein
Company and MGM
Director: Mikael Håfström
Executive Producer: Harvey Weinstein, Bob
Weinstein, Jake Myers, and
Producer: Lorenzo di Bonaventura
Writer: Matt Greenberg, Scott
Alexander and Larry
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When he hears about mysterious deaths taking place in Room 1408 of the Dolphin Hotel in New York City, Mike tries to rent the room for one night. The hotel’s dapper manager, played by Samuel L. Jackson, tries everything to discourage Mike from staying in the room, but Mike stubbornly refuses.
Of course, unlike all the other haunted places he’s been in, Room 1408 turns out to be the real deal. In fact, the room locks Mike in and seems determined to kill him. Perhaps Mike won’t survive the night after all.
Modern supernatural thrillers have a tendency to overdo the effects until they become unbelievable. Such is the case with 1408, which has an interesting, somewhat involving storyline. The movie also never resolves Mike doubts about the existence of God. Although Mike’s atheism dissolves at one point when he pleas to God for help, in the end, only timing and Mike’s clever abilities are able to give Mike a chance to survive. Finally, the movie ultimately says that ghosts of dead people can exist and communicate with the living. This seems to give Mike hope that his daughter is in some kind of happy afterlife after all, but it doesn’t answer the God question. Thus, the movie has an occult worldview and ultimately fails to face the question of God’s existence. Why bring up Mike’s doubts about God if you’re not going to answer them more explicitly? That said, Mike’s pleas to God at one point and his concern for his daughter slightly mitigate the movie’s occult worldview.
1408 also contains more than 35 obscenities and profanities, some gruesome photos and flashbacks of dead murder and suicide victims, and a painting with upper female nudity.
Modern supernatural thrillers have a tendency to become unbelievable. Such is the case with 1408. The movie also never answers Mike’s doubts about God, although at one point, like the soldier in the foxhole, Mike appeals to God directly. Thus, 1408 has a strong slightly mitigated occult worldview with an open-ended theology, as well as many obscenities and profanities, and some gruesome violent images.