I was in the first audience to see this movie at a screening last night 10/15/08 in NYC. I knew nothing about the book or the movie coming into this.
This was the most amazing movie I have seen in a long time. It's very intense and the audience were literally on the edge of their seats from the beginning to the end. The desperate hopelessness was palpable from the screen. Even the men were sniffling at some point. Some of the scenes were disturbing and violent but not gratuitously so, they were necessary to move the story along. All the actors in the movie needs to get an Oscar. This should win for best movie.