First things first – I should apologize for any typos that are probably going to raise their ugly head in this review. I’m covering my ass here because I have one of the nastiest red wine hangovers known to man…
With that out of the way…
I first heard about The Garlock Incident several years ago but it’s one of those movies that kinda buried itself, and was hard to find online.
At the time of it’s release a lot of critics slated it, so I wasn’t really expecting that much when I finally got hold of it, a couple of months back.
To be honest – I was wrong to think this way, yet again I disagree with nearly every critic out there (what does that make me?).
This was pretty good, in my humble opinion.
On December 16th, 2011, eight people on their way to Las Vegas stopped in the ghost town of Garlock, California. This footage documents what happened.
I’m a big fan of Walking Dead, Dawn of The Dead, 28 Days Later…fuck….ANY zombie movie!
I’m not saying that this movie is a zombie-based apocalyptic tale, because it’s not, it just leans on the desperate social angle of self preservation…which always makes a zombie flick a deeper experience.
I like the way a random factor can turn every whiter-than-white character into a dark demon of a human that will do anything to survive…
That’s the strength behind this film.
I thought the (relatively unknown) actors involved in this movie did a great job of building the breakdown of the relationships between the characters.
It definitely helped the film remain gripping throughout.
It takes a long hard look at how different types of people interact under a time of crisis.
Now, this is not the first Found Footage project to attempt this…but it’s one that succeeds at it.
The interactions between the cast was at times, riveting – credit to director Evan Cholfin for handling the disintegration of the character’s relationships in this way.
I should point out that if you are looking for a Blair Witch angle in this movie – you are going to be severely disappointed. I don’t want to hit any spoilers – but this movie attempts a slightly less conventional Found Footage angle.
Cinematography was excellent, the location was excellent and the cast were up for the ‘idea’ of the project (which always helps the realism shine through).
I also really liked the way that The Garlock Incident jumped straight into film without any “On December 2010, Marry Poppins, The Prince of Wales and Arnold Schwarzenegger went on a road trip to Las Vegas…they’ve never been seen since…”
Yep, you guessed it – Arnie ate the other two (what a movie that would be!!!).
No seriously, it avoids that cliched start and just jumps straight into the footage that works as a genuinely filmed road trip would.
I also liked the longer shots that this movie thrives on – there’s not so much shaky cam at work here, it thrives on stretched out, controlled scenes.
This tends to happen less and less in Found Footage movies these days, but there’s a type of ‘freshness’ to this movie that kept me interested.
I don’t know if it’s going to be to everyone’s tastes – but I certainly enjoyed the ride.