As a Blair Witch stan I should be frustrated that Willow Creek is a shameless rip off of the found footage classic following the exact same plot points and scare tactics with much less effectiveness, but I don't hate this film. Objectively Willow Creek is bad, but the night camping scene genuinely terrified me.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Even if some of the crumbs left in this plot were less than subtle and the consistent reminder that Sloane always waits to play her “trump card,” the climax of this film was highly satisfying. Very similar to the prison scene in Flight, there is an annoying “did you catch this thing that we already explained through great direction and story telling? Well just in case you didn’t we will spell it out to make sure you really understood” prison scene at the end of this film. Never the less, this is a good watch.
I didn’t enjoy this film which I am hesitant to admit as I know it is almost universally beloved.
I acknowledge that my perspective is heavily biased as I believe the Soderbergh 2002 remake of Solaris to be an all time great Sci-Fi film as it maintains the fascinating psychological concepts of Tarkovsky’s original while being structured in a more consumable way.
Tarkovsky’s Solaris is an objectively great Sci-Fi film but its pacing and direction style prevented me from fully sinking into its provoking existentialism.