I’m kinda confused as to why this isn’t up on the site – I can remember reviewing it, and I know I’ve watched it on more than one occasion…so where’s the fucking review gone?
Maybe to another dimension, or I dreamed about writing a review…or something…
Anyway, it’s a popular enough title and it needs to be up here somewhere, so…
A vacationing family encounters an alien threat in this thriller based on the real-life Brown Mountain Lights phenomenon in North Carolina.
Better Second Time Around
To me, this ended up being one of those Found Footage titles that was a lot better the second time I watched it – I got the same feeling off Grave Encounters 2 for some reason.
I think a lot of it is down to expectancy – I was fully aware that this movie was going to be released, and I was also fully aware that it had a bit of money put into it. Then you finally get to watch the finished article and you think – “Right…that was good…but…”
Anyway – it didn’t exactly move mountains for me on first viewing…but after watching it again about a year later, my enjoyment levels rose and I noticed things in it I maybe overlooked the first time around.
Simply put – this is a good Found Footage film, not great – but good!
Well the last sentence in the paragraph above kinda gives this conclusion away – but who gives a shit anyway!
I kinda like the fictional Morris family in this plot, and I like the way that the camera is always in the hands of an eleven-year-old boy with autism (this is why he always needs to see the world through a video camera lens – kinda clever!). The line up of actors throughout the whole movie was one of it’s strongest points – they were very professional.
The CGI and general cinematography really were top notch, from the alien ‘beings’ to the light shows that the UFO’s were giving off – at times it’s quite a spectacular Found Footage experience.
So why is this film just ‘good’ instead of ‘great’?
Well, in my book, the movie never fully capitalises on the uniqueness of its premise – it kinda gets a bit lost at certain points after the half an hour mark. It doesn’t happen often, but it happens often enough for the watcher to notice.
I just kind of felt that the plot got a little thin in certain parts, and there was really no need for characters to be doing the actions they were.
Maybe that’s just me – I don’t know (I’m sure you’ll all let me know in the comment section below!).
As I mentioned above – this was one of those titles that slightly improved the second time I watched it, probably because I was more prepared for what was coming my way. What you can’t get away from is the fact that this is an ambitious Found Footage movie that looks great on-screen – and you don’t get too many of them these days!
Definitely worth a watch!