Watched Jul 20, 2012
Stephan Vandenborn’s review:
There's a few movies that really engaged me in ways that are more profound than others. Arlington Road, The Siege, Dreamcatcher, The island... They all got me surprised for one or another reason. For example in the Island it was the double pacing that was presented in the movie.
Now this movie is a jewel, just because it somehow manages to snap your attention again towards a genre which has became a bit overused and boring those last years. I'm talking about "hand held cam reality movies". We all know it started with The Blair witch project and numerous others followed, but this movie is maybe an unexpected blessing in this type because if you have seen it, you will come to realise that it shows some aspects of things you 're used to see in a very slick and edited way, with a different pair of eyes.
things you might not expect and because it is "handheld cam reality" it's giving you a perspective with much more soul. Because of the tandem of the "premise of the movie that i'm not going to spoil" and the "camera observance" idea, this film shows you much more "character" and "drama" which is "up close" and in a weird way much more relatable than you would expect.
Sorry that I remain so obtuse but it's important to me to really not spoil the movie's getgo story elements. I do that so that you'll be surprised beyond belief but at the same time, strangely enough you might find more of an accord with the events because it has such an amount of "in a town near you" -ness..
Despite the crazy idea of the movie, the actors convinced me of the reality they are in when dealing with their "ordeal". The writers offered a very plausible way ordinary people would respond to the "extreme" nature of the situation they are in. For that alone this movie deserves a pefect score. The humor, the jokes, the drama, the way the 3 teens (protagonists) relate to eachother. It actually makes sense and you'll know what I'm talking about when you see the movie.