EDIT: I actually wrote this post referring to the film as ‘The GARFIELD Incident’ – thankfully I noticed before hitting the publish button and managed to save some face (only just!)…
Sometimes, something as simple as a movie image or still shot is enough to get me excited – I hear news about a new Found Footage film being released and I’m like a big kid at Christmas.
Of course, more often than not, press releases for upcoming movies are doctored to f##k – they do a pretty awesome job of polishing a turd before it’s even released.
The Gracefield Incident first entered my world about three months ago, and the trailer, artwork etc, looked pretty damn impressive.
I was excited about it’s release.
I was then slightly disappointed when I watched it…
In Gracefield, three couples are spending a long weekend in a luxurious cabin when suddenly an uninvited guest in the form of a meteorite, comes crashing the party…
Not Taking Itself Too Seriously…
It sounds pretty cool doesn’t it?
I mean, as far as Found Footage movies go – that’s a plot that can’t really fail, right?
The strange thing about The Gracefield Incident is that I never really got the feeling that the director was taking things seriously.
I mean, there were a lot of truly impressive visuals and such, but the actual script and screenplay was something you could of penned on the back of a cigarette carton.
So, ultimately, what we have is a very middle of the road kind of found footage film.
It’s as if the director (Mathieu Ratthe) realized that he was not able to create something groundbreaking…so he just blew his inheritance on some pretty damn fine FX scenes.
I’m still trying to figure out if this was a decent move or not…
Don’t really know where to go with this one because it was so close to being a top movie – I wonder if Ratthe new just how close he was?
It’s safe to say that I REALLY wanted to enjoy the movie, and I kept on hoping it’s journey would improve as I watched it…
But it just kept on missing the mark by tiny fractions.
Yet again the cast was not really up to standard for a film this visually impressive – they tried, but I feel the script let them down.
The days of Found Footage movies being built up on “what was that?” and “did you hear that?” are long past…unfortunately these two lines/statements reared their heads on numerous occasions throughout the film.
But the film does have wonderful scenery and impressive cinematography to fall back on, time and time again. Not all of the special effects scenes were great – but the majority were highly impressive.
It’s really hard to come to some sort of conclusion on this film because whilst I didn’t think it was that good, I am really glad I watched it. For some reason I will remember it.
Overall I think the movie (just) manages to build the tension and provide enough teasers of information, so that watchers are not frustrated with a slow burn that never pays off.
There is a slight twist in the end to the plot which was welcome enough, and there are quite a few scenes that will probably impress Found Footage fans…
But in my book…it just misses the mark.