O!M!G! 1408...if you like Hitchcock flavoured films you really do need to see this one. Light on the gore, heavy on the psychological twists and turns.
The scenes with S. Jackson are handled deftly; intense yet light; and leaving you wondering who is being played.
You need to be able to follow the plot, keep an open and curious mind and you'll still wonder if its real, a dream, a drug/alcohol induced hallucination, a concussion or a mental breakdown.
J. Cusack plays a once talented writer who switches genres and now debunks paranormal claims. Oddly enough, they make his atheism known fairly early into the storyline, and he wrestles with the untimely death of his ill daughter and whether it was 'right' to tell her 'lies and stories' about the afterlife. (something many atheists wonder themselves from time to time when dealing with the recently dead and dying). He is a no nonsense, NYC-er transplanted to L.A. and living a basically comfortable, if emotionally damaged life. The character is played extremely well by Mr. Cusack and at time brought tears to my eyes.
I took four tweenagers with me to see this. The boys loved it, one girl thought it was okay, and the last one was just plain confused. Although she thought it was pretty neat when I pointed out two scenes in the movie that she had missed.
1] 1408 = 1+4+0+8 = 13.
2] In an elevator scene, you are SPECIFICALLY shown the buttons with the floor numbers on them, and like many old NYC hotels (built at the turn of the 1900s) they omitted the 13th floor, going straight from 12 to 14.
Making room 1408 the 13th room on the 13th floor. (She finally started putting some pieces together after that.) Take a chance, catch a matinée and go see it. If nothing else I PROMISE you will never be able to listen to the Carpenters "We've Only Just Begun" the same way ever again. (^-^)