I’m pretty stoked to do this review today as it means I got to watch this title for the third time last night. It’s one of those films that I love finding an excuse to watch but I keep overlooking when it comes to a review.
The first time I watched this film I was actually DISAPPOINTED to find out it was a Found Footage!
That’s right – you read the last sentence correctly!
At the time I was stuck in my girlfriend’s apartment in London and I was bored to tears waiting for her to come home from work. I had already watched two Found Footage efforts that morning so I fancied something a little more straight down the line…
So I chose The Conspiracy thinking it was more of a Hollywood based cinematography offering…
Of course it wasn’t!
Anyway, long story short – I loved EVERY minute of it!
Documentary filmmakers Aaron (Aaron Poole) and Jim (James Gilbert) manage to locate a rather sinister conspiracy theorist named Terrance.
They are in the process of creating a new project based on Terrance’s views when he seems to disappear off the face of the planet.
A little suspicious – maybe! But good old Aaron and Jim decide to pick up where Terrace left off and try and find out the factors behind his disappearance.
Before long we are introduced to secret organizations, a new world order and a global community led by a single government.
Simply put – the shit really hits the fan!
When a mockumentary-styled story works in the Found Footage domain it is an absolute pleasure to watch. The only problem is that this doesn’t seem to happen too often…
The low budget dollar hunters ( or shitty Found Footage ) directors take next to no time in jumping on the bandwagon and trying to imitate something that has worked…
…and they ruin the whole concept without even trying!
Here, writer/director Christopher MacBride wisely chooses to focus on a facet of Conspiracies that’s grounded in reality. We are not concentrating on Bigfoot or aliens here!
Most people ( if not all ) are fully aware that some sort of Illuminati is at work behind the scenes. It doesn’t matter where you reside or what your beliefs are – the rich and powerful with always have a hand in how your life pans out.
So MacBride has based the plot on a very believable nefarious New World Order. It therefore breeds it’s own creepiness and has you gripped from start to finish.
There’s enough real-world basis in this film to stop it from getting too far-fetched and that’s what makes it work.
It is classed as a thriller-horror but I would probably take the horror element out and just leave it at thriller.
Don’t get me wrong – in parts it is very frightening but the overall feel of the film fits much more snugly in the thriller genre.
Everything about the movie is believable so there’s never any need to go off the beaten track and TRY and scare the audience. The build is impossibly intelligent leading to a severely worrying climax ( which I am not going to ruin for you here! ).
I really liked the way the first half of the film was pieced together with mockumentary clips leaving the climax to be ‘true’ Found Footage ( through hidden body cameras ).
Whenever I get stuck in a conversation with someone who claims ‘Found Footage is shit’ I just point them in the direction of this film.
Not all good ideas revolve around a haunted forest, an abandoned asylum or alien abduction.
An absolute classic from the Found Footage genre – not to be missed.