From the trailer alone, one can decipher the synopsis: a loan officer is looking to make a name for herself as she desperately wants to obtain an assistant manager position within her branch. Her boss basically states that she needs to have some more cajones and begin to show that she can make the 'tough' decisions. A little old lady comes in, on the verge of losing her home and is seeking an extension on her payments (oh what a sign of the times!). The loan officer denies her extension, the old bitty puts a curse on her, and its all fun, honest to goodness jolts, and well executed laughs from here on out folks.
Naturally the rest of the movie is spent with the loan officer being tormented by a demon that is sent along to carry out the curse. She basically has 3 days to live, with each day becoming increasingly more and more violent. In order to enact the curse, the old woman had to take something of hers (in this case a button from her coat) and pass it along. As it goes, the demon comes to take the button as its now his property and in the process of claiming it, she would be taken to the land down under.
What is so original and refreshing, is not only the story, but the comedic timing and all-out, good ol' fashioned scares that Raimi so adequately dispenses and employs. My 34 year old buddy who saw it with me was jumping in his seat right along with me. And the theater goers followed suit and simultaneously laughed aloud and groaned during certain scenes (I'm looking at you, corpse vomiting!).
The only knock on the film that I can give is some of the CGI used (especially at the end). But overall, a great effort and return to form for Raimi. Welcome back good sir.
Cortez the Killer