Not really a bad effort this – but overall a little mundane…
I don’t know how to start this article because I don’t really know how I feel about this movie as a whole. At times it captured my imagination, and had many ingredients that I’m interested in (you gotta love UFO’s and Men in Black!), but I was never really fully-invested in the experience!
This happens from time to time with Found Footage – decent effort, decent actors, decent plot…but missing something…important.
“Hacked footage reveals mysterious events surrounding the abduction of four teenagers.”
Seriously – that’s the plot line that has been left on IMDb – not exactly Shakespeare or Dickens, is it?
Hitting EVERY Sci-Fi Trope!
This isn’t really a complaint, this is actually one of the positives I took from the movie – it manages to hit up just about every single alien-related, Sci-Fi trope known to Hollywood!
Now, I can see this putting a few watchers off, but I kinda liked this ‘stuffed in’ effort.
We’ve got the ‘lights in the sky’ incident, then we move onto the Men in Black, throw in a serving of alien implants and a side order of alien abduction – just about covers it all!
Okay, one can argue that these avenues have been used a million times before by Hollywood, but they’re still kinda welcome (in my world anyway!).
But…this is where the main problem of the movie arises – there’s nothing really memorable created, there’s no unique spark.
The KAOS Brief attempts to hand us a spine-tingling tale of government conspiracy…but it definitely needed an extra ingredient to make it stand out above what has been released before.
Don’t get me wrong – director JP Mandarino does manage to nail a few of the extraterrestrial elements impressively…but overall the project was still left wanting.
The cast are pretty good – no real problem there, although the lead character Skylar (played by Drew Lipson) did manage to grind on my ears at times (but Skylar is supposed to be a popular YouTube Vlogger…and 99.9% of them are wankers anyway!).
I did leave the film thinking that the remaining three characters, played by Charlie Morgan Patton, Marco DelVecchio and Akanimo Eyo, were not really utilized in the right manner. Skylar is such a pain in the ass, he tends to take up a lot of the movie’s ‘space’ (no pun intended!).
The cinematography is well above average – no bones there, and the special effects are decent enough (except for one scene where Charlie Morgan Patton’s character is having an ‘alien episode’ on the bed!).
This is a watchable Found Footage movie – no doubt about that…BUT…yet again I feel the project could of been a lot more, with a bit more care and attention.
Unfortunately they have missed the boat when it comes to injecting a sense of urgency or fear into the plot…and this kinda stands out a bit, especially at the climax.
You may like it…or you may not!
Just above average for me!