I watched this on DVD two years ago, and viewed it again two separate instances later on. The first time I saw it, it messed up my mind many weeks after. It haunted me. My mind was working overtime trying to make sense of what I saw. Definitely one of the scariest movies I've ever seen. This is not your typical horror or suspense thriller. In fact almost everyone I've spoken to about it were either indifferent to the movie or hated it.
This is the key to understanding the film (without giving away any spoilers): Nothing is what it seems. There is one critical part where the words "It is an illusion" or words to that effect are spoken. And this is where dream merges with reality. My pulse and imagination was racing during the final part of the movie and the final scene is mind-blowing.
There are also two very scary parts in this film. You may know what I mean after watching it. To this day, I wouldn't want to view those scenes alone. One of them involves a garbage dump, and the other involves a bed with a corpse. 'Nuff said.
And to think the reason I watched this was because of Naomi Watts. I thought it was your typical Hollywood fare featuring a talented and beautiful actress. It does deliver a hot lesbian scene, as well as a bare-chested Watts which many men will like. But that's besides the point as this is a great inventive film that will leave you more questions than answers at the end. You're free to draw up your own conclusions as to what actually happened. I have my own interpretation of the events which I feel is more or less similar to what Director David Lynch intended. My favorite DVD of 2003.
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars * * * *
Mind-blowing. Watch if you have an active imagination.