i walked out of the theatre loving the movie but in all honesty i haven't given it much thought since then so i can't say i'd stand by that as strongly as i did.
you didn't find the dad's acting to be absolutely... awful? his never-ending DMX tone, and that scene where he wakes up from his sleep when those people were at the door.. haha.
the secondary characters weren't very emotive, either
the little girl was good for what she did, but what did she do? a lot of voice over work, and a lot of stone faced staring with a few screams. i dunno man, i'm really not sold.
amazing soundtrack, and the visuals were regularly amazing though.
agreed on the shaky camera, too
i mean, i enjoyed it. still give it like a 7/10 or whatever. i just wanted to love it, so in not loving it, i was disappointed
at first the whole movie actually bugged me a lot, but once i got used to the unprofessionalness i guess of the acting it didn't bother me so much. i'll agree with the girl though to an extent though haha.
i didn't find the middle to be draggy at all, it took a while to get me into but once it got going i was pretty engrossed.
i remember thinking that even though it had a lot of flaws, the overall impact of it cancelled those out, but i don't know if that would hold true on repeated viewings.