Got Amazon Prime to thank for this one – I was pretty desperate for a Found Footage injection about 9 o’ clock last night, so I used the ‘More Like ____’ option that the big ‘A’ offers.
Pretty simple really – find a relatively shit Found Footage movie on there (shouldn’t be too hard!), watch a few seconds of it, then choose a different movie.
Below that second movie, you will see a list of suggestions linked to the first movie you watched – more often than not…pretty diverse Found Footage titles!
Anyway, got through three of them last night, and this was one of them…
Fall Break in Knoxville, Tennessee, 2010. Four college students escape for a few days to camp at a local deserted quarry. They were not alone. Their camera was found two days later. The investigation is still open.
A Stretched Out Horror Short
A LOT of Fond Footage movies tend to do this, and it makes 80% of their run time kinda boring at best. Sometimes it’s a purposeful build…other times it’s a way to kill off an hour before you get to the ‘shocking’ climax…
That’s what we have here.
After about thirty minutes of the movie’s running time, I got the feeling I was watching a 25 minute horror short that had been stretched and pulled into a 73 minute feature film.
There was nothing wrong with the acting, or how natural the characters were on screen…but I got bored with their antics at the thirty minute mark!
At the end of the day – who cares?
Seriously – who cares what a group of four American college students gets up to when they go out for a camping trip?
Unfortunately. this bird’s eye view of the college gathering takes up a large portion of the film.
Not too bad really…but there’s no getting away from the fact that they took the long and winding road to get to their destination.
As I touched on above, the characters and the actors behind them were fine, natural and believable enough to watch…but the plot has been dragged out as far as it will go.
What about the climax?
Well, without giving away any spoilers, it’s decent enough…but there’s not much of an explanation behind it.
I don’t want to slam the movie too hard here, because it’s certainly a lot better than most zero budget offerings out there…
But I just couldn’t shake the fact that it would of worked a lot better as a 30 to 40 minute movie short – maybe a YouTube offering!
Anyway, the cinematography was half decent – no real bouts of ‘shaky cam syndrome’ etc.
The actors were decent enough to pull the whole thing off, and the script was average (listening to college students ramble on, is never that easy!).
If I had to give it a mark out of ten, I’d probably look at a 5.5 or a 6…but I’d want to give it more…due to effort.
An interesting enough watch if you’ve run out of Found Footage options, but a long slog all the same (maybe skip the first 35 minutes or so – you won’t miss much in terms of plot!).