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Movie Review: Paranormal Activity

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Prinz Lee wrote this review 5 years ago

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Winner Oct. 9, 2009

Okay, I’m not really sure how to start this review. Strange considering I pretty much have a lay-out as soon as I walk out of a theater, but this time around… I’m dumbfounded by what I just saw.

After a young, middle class couple (Katie and Micah) move into what seems like a typical suburban 'starter' house, they become increasingly disturbed by a presence that may or may not be somehow demonic but is certainly most active in the middle of the night. Especially when they sleep, or better yet, attempt to… these occurrences force a few decisions to be made by Katie’s confession about strange forces having haunted her since she was 8, to Micah’s obsession with wanting/needing to document their ordeal, to seeking help by obtaining a psychic for help all through a level where desperate measures are taken at the chance of their survival against an entity beyond any kind of comprehension.

For starters, I’m truly amazed and my hat is off to those who worked their asses off marketing this film, because whatever tactic they used was brilliantly executed. The buzz (or hype) was built to much avail if I may say. Like Blair Witch it caused a stir of echoes and a fan-base was created. This time around, Paranormal Activity has many similarities in the sense of production value, unknown talent, limited access towards information and also shot with that grainy kind of style/look in form of documentation. In many ways, I guess, yes – pretty much an “updated” sequel to Blair Witch but the substance used this time around pertains to the occult or unknown.

Pretty much a controversial subject if I may add considering it’s taboo-like kind of appeal towards life and those that buy into it, however; I personally think with so much substance to play with, at times it dragged, was clearly a sign of how idiotic some can be when trying to take matters into their own hands and most of all, nothing about this film is scary. I’m sorry if I’m bursting anyone’s bubble of enthusiasm regarding this film, but nope. Nothing about it is scary… it’s creepy… I’ll give it that much credit and aside from the creepiness, a bit funny considering language, but overall, not worth running out for… No intensity whatsoever, just a bit of intrigue. No scare factor whatsoever, only mind games that leave you wondering and occasionally say “oh shit!” but that’s it… entertaining? Yes, good film? Hell no!

Therefore I conclude a waste of hype, but than again… we all need to make money no matter what. I’m sure there will be a bunch of people who will find it scary and practically maybe shit their pants, but nah… very disappointing considering I was walking in there looking to be scared out of my sox. Oh andto make matters even worse if I may… this isn’t even a true story. Not that I think any of the bullshit on Discovery Channel or A&E is, but it would have helped if perhaps they would have added to their project by having shot small documented interviews with would be “neighbors” or “friends” and tie those into a damn good trailer instead of that cheesy one that aired at a movie theater during the film’s screening last month. But whatever… it is what it is and it’s doing its thing and I congratulate Oren Peli for having constructed another one of those urban legend kinds of pieces that will be talked about from here on end.

You make your own decision about this film and draw your own conclusions, but my outlook on this is… what a disappointment.



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