One of my few issues with Last House is that there is no real moral issue brought up during the movie. While the Collingwoods act the same in 2009 as they did in 1972, their reactions to these acts are different. In '72, the family got their revenge, but they were left broken. They had sacrificed their morals yet gained nothing from it. In 2009, they apparently don’t have this conflict of interest, and instead they get revenge with no consequences. I liked the moral gray area, and I am sad that it was missing from this variation.
Would you help them if they came to your door?
That said, however, Last House is probably one of the best remakes that I have seen in years. While I enjoyed the 1972 version of Last House, I like the 2009 version so much better. I appreciate the fact that it is an actual movie, and a thriller, instead of a fake documentary. Sure, the feeling of documentary is nice, but it forces the viewer to be part of the action, and that is just disturbing. With nice, clear shots of the action, the 2009 variation lets you watch, rather than feel, the movie.
Speaking of clear shots, Universal presents Last House in stunning 1080p widescreen (1.78:1). Frankly put, the video quality of this movie is incredible, and it blows almost everything away. All of the blacks are deep and dark, the colors are vibrant and realistic, and everything is perfect. Heck, I could see each grain of dirt as Mari was lying on the ground being raped, and each wave crest as she swam for her life. I have not seen a movie with this visual quality in some time, and am extremely pleased with it.
As for the audio quality, it is equally impressive. Presented in DTS-HD Lossless Master Audio 5.1 Surround, everything is flawless and superb. The dynamics of the movie are great, with full lows, and crisp highs. Never once did I lose the dialog to the action, or the screams to the score. Everything was balanced and fine-tuned. While the sounds emitting from my front speakers and sub-woofer are great, there is, however, a lack of much action in the surround sound arena. There is simply not enough ambient noise coming from beside and behind me to make the movie convincing. Besides this, the audio is great.