I came across this Found Footage effort from up-and-coming Director Charlton Jacob Jacques on Tuesday night and decided not to write a review on it straight away.
It’s a horror film based on the parallel dimensions theory and I really couldn’t figure out what to think about it when the end credits started rolling.
It certainly promised a lot and it covered some unique Found Footage ideas but at some point in it’s journey it just seemed to run out of gas…
After watching this film I did a little research to find out what others were saying about it. I was more than a little surprised to see the amount of praise it was receiving.
I’m not saying it was a terrible film as it had some interesting qualities – I just fail to see where the praise is coming from and why it is deserved.
Simply put – it was a debut indie film that was shot in the Found Footage style ( nothing more, nothing less ).
I’m afraid I’m not going to join the masses with praise as I felt it fizzled out in spectacular fashion and had no real ‘build’ towards it’s ( predictable ) climax.
The film follows a prime-time network news magazine show’s version of events on some leaked government footage.
This footage covers a program named Nocturne Six that recruits citizens with extrasensory abilities ( even if they are not looking to be recruited! ).
These ‘participants’ are near enough forced to become ‘Guardians’ of our Earth realm and are sent to parallel planes to keep our reality safe from…monsters?
The prime-time network has managed to find a government whistle-blower who has handed over footage of a failed Guardian mission…
Poor Old Guardians
The Guardians in the film don’t half get a rough ride and it sort of puts the whole story into the realms of ridicule.
If I took the time to get hold of a few ‘gifted’ civilians and train them up I’d probably consider giving them some sort of weapon before they embarked on a mission.
There are plenty of mentions on weapons and ‘killing entities’ throughout this film but I don’t recall actually seeing any!
All I was confronted with was a darkening forest filled with half decent actors running about whispering ‘what was that noise?’.
I’ll be honest with you here – a group of girl guides would probably have done a better job than this lot!
I’ll lay my cards on the table here – I have no real idea on how to conclude this review as I’m still confused by what I watched.
The visuals are pretty cool in places but anyone with a copy of Sony Vegas could probably pull something similar off.
If you put that all together you’d think you’d have a pretty decent horror on your hands…
But you don’t!!!
It manages to miss the mark by quite a distance and I couldn’t help but feel a little disappointed overall. Everything looked and sounded so cool in the initial stages of the film – I got quite excited about finding a hidden gem.
I came to the conclusion that most of the praise the film received is directed at the up-and-coming Director Charlton Jacob Jacques. For a low budget horror he did a pretty good job of bringing us something new and original ( the parallel dimensions theory ).
But the film itself is not the best example this genre has to offer…
Average at a stretch.