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Devil’s Trail (2017) – Movie Review

Devil's Trail (2017) – Movie Review

I was hoping that I could throw out a more positive review this week, as it feels like I’ve sat through a tidal wave of amateur shit in this genre over the last two months or so. When it get’s like that, it’s hard to muster up the strength to post them on here (as being negative all the time is a pain in the ass!).

Anyway, no such luck I’m afraid!

This is yet another amateur hour Found Footage offering that didn’t really set my soul on fire.

Nothing wrong with amateur hour – more often than not these indie productions offer something fresh and new. But then there’s the other side of the coin.

Going off subject for a second…Thanks to all of you that have contacted me about the Butterfly Kisses movie. I have watched it but I can’t remember shit of what happened in it, so I’ll have to watch it again before posting about it on here!

The Plot

Two reality TV stars are experts at survival, but when they decide to embark upon the legendary home of the Jersey Devil can they survive? Reality TV just got real.

Not All Bad…

Yeah, this isn’t all bad…and I’m not just being kind there (I’m seriously not the type to be kind for no reason!). I just don’t want you tuning out of the review early thinking this has absolutely nothing to offer you.

It is true, it really DIDN’T set my soul on fire in any way, but they did manage to get some things right…which is a change from recent viewings.

I have noticed that the movie has received some terrible ‘one star’ reviews online and I’m here to tell you that this is slightly unfair, and to remind you that there are still a lot of Found Footage haters out there (why they watch these movies I’ll never know?).

This could quite easily have warranted a one star rating but there was a lot of effort put into the general quality of the cinematography, and there was a surprisingly low amount of ‘shaky cam syndrome’ throughout.

The two main characters worked at first…until the emotional scenes came into play…then you realised you were watching two struggling actors that were slightly out of their depth. So the level of acting wasn’t good I’m afraid.

So we’ve got nice cinematography versus pretty mediocre acting. I’ll leave that battle up to you lot to decide upon.

Conclusion

Okay, the movie tends to lean on it’s own ability to create paranoia and doubt between the lead characters, and it manages to do this quite well…until the actors have to go overboard on the emotions…

Enough said.

The plot and idea are well worn story lines in this genre, but they do work overall for this film. The cinematography was also very professional at times.

But…

This is yet another recent Found Footage movie that could well have been cut down to 45 minutes of running time, because a lot of the scenes tended to repeat themselves and become unnecessary.

I think the main problem the film ended up having was it’s switch from the believable to the unbelievable. It starts off with the characters being really strong in their roles and slowly starts to roll downhill when the supernatural element rolls in. This is largely down to the serious/emotional scenes once again.

Not as bad as some of the shit I’ve sat through recently. But not great overall.

Chris

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