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To make things even worse, her voice grates on the nerves. While watching this movie, we wrote these notes on the matter: "Please die first" and "Hopefully, she loses her vocal cords in the crash." I know it seems harsh, but it felt like the actress playing her was pushing way too hard for maximum "cute little girl effect." It didn't work.
Getting to the plane crash, we couldn't help but feel as if someone was filming a crowd of people enduing one of those hydraulic simulator rides at Disneyland. Scream, lurch, scream, lurch. It really felt like some sort of amusement park "experience" thing. In all fairness, the plane crashing was a little bit tense and creepy.
|... and we're fine with that. Really.|
So, having just survived a plane crash, someones first instinct is of course to pick up a camera and start filming, and therein lies the main problem that most found footage flicks face; the audience is supposed to accept that when faced with dire, terrifying, and traumatic events or surroundings, the characters decide it makes total sense to film everything that's going on around them.. Don't worry though, they always have a perfectly logical reason for doing so...
"We need the light from the camera to see!" I can buy that. Honestly though, using the light doesn't involve filming anything. Turn the light on and point it in the direction you need to go, don't swing it from person to person to catch the drama/action/incident and expect me to buy that it's some sort of necessity necessity.
"We have to document this!" With a camera? Screw that. I'm going to document these events with my own words when I survive. How am I going to survive? By focusing on my surroundings and thinking about nothing else but what I need to do, not leaving a document of my death for someone else's benefit.
There are more silly reasons that filmmakers come up with to get us to buy into the plot element that allows their entire film to exist, but you get the point. In Tape 407, the reason we're given is that the older sister is an aspiring photographer. It just makes no sense.
|That's just how we felt at this point in the movie.|
Most of the movie is made up of shaky cam and loud screaming. Honestly, why is everyone screaming instead of talking? Sure, they're in shock or something, but no one in these movies ever stops and says "If we want to survive, we need to be as quiet as possible, so as not to draw the attention of the shit that's trying to kill us." Just once in a found footage movie, I would like to see a character bitch slap the fuck out of someone for screaming, and when they don't stop screaming, that same character shoots them. That would earn some silence from everyone else I think.
A lot of movies use the cheap trick of making the characters only see what we viewers see; as in a guy not seeing a massive dinosaur charging at him... a dinosaur that's in his direct line of sight, mind you.. because the camera is pointed away from his POV and we can't see it. There is absolutely no way that guy did not see the T-Rex (or whatever it was) charging from directly in front of him, just because he's picking up a camera. That kind of lazy film making is just unforgivable.
If you're going to make an unoriginal movie filled with bland cliche', cardboard cut out characters who do horribly annoying and nonsensical things, and play your audience for fools with your camera tricks and plot holes, then at least... at very least... make your movie effective. Scare us. Make things so tense that we forget the annoying and ridiculous bits.
From what I understand the actors received no script and were told to ad-lib their dialogue. Most of it was not good. The actors tried, but making a movie in 5 days under the constraint of a weak script with no dialogue is a near impossible task.I guess that's how you get lines like "She was trying to help you! You and your damned peanuts!" Tight, regimented structure usually wins out over loose ad-libbing creative freedom in movies, and especially in horror movies, in our opinion.
|Scream more and film everything... that's how you survive.|
By the time the survivors get to a cabin and try to regroup, the menace that is menacing them is finally revealed, and it's... a CGI cousin of fucking Carnosaur? No kidding, It looked like Carnosaur (Google it and understand.) Everyone is screaming in terror in the cabin, and we see Carnosaur run past a window, and it was genuinely funny. Any and all possible tension that could have come after that point, and I say could have, was instantly made null and void on the spot.
Worse still was the ending.
*ENDING SPOILER ALERT* Let's not even get into the question of how this is a found footage flick that the audience is supposed to believe is real, because with the way that it all ended, this tape could never be seen. They negated their own premise, essentially. *END OF ENDING SPOILER ALERT*
|Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you Carnosaur.|