Chloë Grace Moretz deserves better.
I'm not the target audience for this movie, but I love Moretz, and she's really the best part of this movie. Like her other performances, she's grounded and realistic and not going, "Oh, look how adorable I am," (even though she is) so she helps this for a bit, but she can't keep this afloat forever. This is 106 minutes, which is a comfortable runtime for any movie, but the characters have the same conversations multiple times and it really starts to wear on you. They talk about going to Juilliard at least five times and it gets pretty annoying. Even though the supernatural element here is a bit interesting, it all gets boring after about 50 minutes, which seems to be mostly due to the direction. The characters are fine; they aren't detestable but might come off as annoying (don't drive on mountain roads on a snow day because you WILL get in a car accident, duh), but carry the story along enough more the most part. However, the movie gets to be really manipulative as opposed to genuinely affecting, just throwing the saddest stuff at the screen. It doesn't come off as cynical or anything, but it just doesn't work. And side note: Jamie Blackley is six years older than Moretz, which is distracting and kind of creepy given that she's a minor in real life and he's an adult. 4.8/10, lame, two thumbs down, below average, etc.