Too bad it worked better on paper than it did in practice.
If you're a True Blood fan (which I absolutely am not), then you're most likely interested in this movie because you love Stephen Moyer, aka Bill Compton. Don't worry, he's good enough in this, it's the movie that sucks here.
I actually found this movie oddly entertaining on some level, which I shouldn't have, considering how sloppy and bland it is. It's not a total train wreck; it's more like being on a slow, overly-familiar train, which breaks down on the way to your destination, and and you end up having to disembark and walk the rest of the way.
So it's more like a train breakdown. Still, there's nothing really fun about that, is there?
Enter Stephen Moyer as a burnt out Cop who has been on leave for some unexplained reason, wanting on the case, because "I need this!" Radha Mitchell plays his boss who tells him "you're not ready!", but lets him on the case in about 12 seconds, because the movie has to move along.
Along with a portly video tech (nothing cliche' about that), they sit down and begin to sort through the "evidence", doing their best police procedural "OMG!" faces every five minutes or so, because everything in this movie is such a shocking revelation.
|"Oh... my... God!"|
You get the idea.
|Like they'd honestly show footage like this on TV?|
"He knew we'd be watching. He's challenging us!"
"This whole thing was planned."
"It's just been revoked!"
It all comes off as clunky and hokey.
A lot of the evidence footage pixelizes far too often, which doesn't add tension at all (as I'm guessing it was intended to do), but rather becomes annoying and took us out of the movie even more so. The spinning camera (freeze-frame or otherwise) felt a bit odd too.
|Scary, ain't he?|
The twist ending, and the reveal of the killer and their motivation for doing what they did, just made me shake my head. I'm not going to spoil anything, but good lord was the payoff not only nonsensical, but almost cringe-worthy. This movie is a great example of why I hate twist endings.
Evidence is a great premise that is executed rather poorly. If this movie had been a TV pilot, it would not have been picked up for series.
|"I'm only here because True Blood was on hiatus. I promise."|
You can see how hard Evidence is trying to be clever; what with its combining two sub-genres and throwing plenty of red herrings at us, it really did try. In the end though, it's all just a painfully generic movie that could have been as clever as it thinks it is, had they given a better treatment to the script.
If you're curious about seeing this movie, I say wait for it to pop up on cable, and spend your rental dollars on something else.
Evidence and good watch, and that's saying an awful lot.