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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Oculus Movie Review (2014)

The Good: If you enjoy those queasy and gory moments, (like in Saw or Hostel (Movie)) there are about a few of them in this film that may make you want to look away. There is also a good level of suspense throughout the movie that keeps you engaged for most of the movie. The story line had a really interesting contrast between what society deems as "mentally crazy" vs ...well you know...ghosts, supernatural stuff, etc.

The Bad: The story line jumps all over the place. It doesn't do a good job of keeping the audience in the know of what's real or not. That may have been intentional, but I just don't think it paid off. The way the plot plays around with the flashbacks and possible delusion is similar to if someone spun you around multiple times, stopped you abruptly, and said "okay now walk straight". Despite the suspenseful scenes, it feels as though the actual scary parts either scare you just for the moment, or not at all. I think the movies Mama 2013 Movie and the The Conjuring did a much better job developing and setting up the evil spirit(s) at the end. Oh and the big reveal of what the evil thing was seemed pretty rushed and acknowledged with only a simple one liner. smh The film was about 1hr and 45min, and that was way too long to finally get to the scary stuff.

The Reason: It's been quite a while since I've heard such a collective groaning sound at the end of a movie from an entire audience. I even heard a few "I'm just disappointed" comments as well. I think the ending just felt like a complete let down after all the time you invested in hoping this would be scarier. I think that this is the type of movie that, if you're interested by the trailer, to watch it at home. Due to the fact that this movie will be a complete hit or miss with most people, I'd say just rent it, or stream it when it's available. Don't spend your hard earned money on it. It's just not worth the risk.

The Rating: 6.5/10

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