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Altar (2016) – Movie Review

Altar (2016) - Movie Review

Whenever I finish watching a Found Footage film I make a quick note of my initial thoughts back at the marketing platform that maintains my websites – I have a backlog of films to post to this site that is getting longer by the day!

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Why am I telling you this?

Well, I’m struggling to arrive at a positive or negative conclusion for Altar – it’s yet another Found Footage film that has left me sitting on the fence.

The quick scrawl I left in my article creator back at the platform reads:

“Offered nothing new for large parts but a good ending”

Yeah I know, not exactly Shakespeare is it?

But this statement is probably the best way I can describe Altar to you, I’ll still go into it in more detail, but it’s best to keep that line in your head throughout this article…


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There, I’ve spilled the beans…now back to the film…

The Plot

ALTAR is the terrifying story of a group of former college classmates who get lost driving to a college reunion camp out in the Sierra Nevada mountains. After stopping for the night, they stumble onto something much darker. They must battle to escape the evil they unleashed to not only save their own lives but their souls as well.

Disclaimer – I didn’t write this bio, it was pinched from IMDb (yet again). As far as ‘terrifying story’ goes – I think the bio writer might have had something to do with the production crew…

Acting

Probably the most important element in a Found Footage movie, wouldn’t you say?

Acting drives the believable elements in a Found Footage outing, it creates characters that we believe are real…or it produces characters that completely ruin the experience.

Therefore, acting is pretty important in this setup – wouldn’t you agree?

Altar is a strange film in that it showcases some pretty good actors…but keeps on putting them in shit scenes that manage to downgrade the actor’s talents.

Okay, okay, I’d say most of these scenes are placed near the start of the movie, but isn’t that a pretty stupid place to put them in the first place?

One of the initial scenes of Altar introduces us the brother-and-sister setup that take main characters throughout the film…f##k was it a painfully bad scene!

If I’m honest with you – the first scenes of the film were really good, I wanted to watch more…then this ‘heartfelt’ scene popped up and I nearly turned the whole thing off!

This one point really bugs me about the film…because I KNOW a lot of my competitors out there (yeah I’m not the only one any longer!) have taken a ‘slight bung’ and are using the actor route as a positive for the film…when it’s not really!

They are decent actors that have been used in the wrong way (more often than not).

Conclusion

Well, I’m stuck back at that line I posted at the start of the article – offered nothing new for large parts but a good ending.

This wasn’t a bad film but it is NOWHERE NEAR as good as other Found Footage critics are making out (you know who you are!).

The cinematography was extremely well done and the setup of the film’s journey was adequate…but I didn’t really BELIEVE I was in this supernatural plot…does that constitute as a fail?

Saying all that – I do think that the director, Matthew Sconce, has a decent enough future in this genre if he opts to take it up again. There were more than enough positives to carry it through to it’s conclusion…if you manage to get past that awful brother/sister scene near the start.

No way to end this review other than stating that obvious line once again…

…offered nothing new for large parts but a good ending.

See what you think and drop me a comment below with your own evaluations!!! 🙂

Chris

4 Comments

  1. The acting in this movie was really annoying imo. The brother especially, he was so frustratingly fragile and insecure. The last 15 minutes is the only part worth seeing. Cannot recommend this one to anyone, you’d be better of watching cannibal in the jungle

    • Yep the ending is pretty decent, but the sister and brother setup they centred on really dragged the film down at times – and Cannibal in the Jungle is an excellent choice Corne! 🙂

  2. Okay, that really was one disappointment. There were so many unnecessary scenes, you could have cut out without harming the plot. The first really exciting scene comes way too late.
    No character development as well. The beginning was promising..but that’s all the movie brought for me.
    The only scene that really made me believe, was the one, when they were screaming: I feel great! (or something like that). More of that and less of the pseudo group-dynamic desasters, where just everybody is screaming for no reason.

    • Yeah I have to sort of agree with you there Benno – the wind up to the ending seemed WAY too long…and the sister and brother thing they had going really pissed on my chips!

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