The Dyatlov Pass Incident (Devil's Pass) (2013)
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Made with just enough craft that, were you to stumble upon it late at night during a bout of insomnia, you wouldn't mind watching through to the end.
The film is ridiculous and laugh-out-loud funny, though it's sometimes hard to tell if this is intentional or not. Either way, it remains riveting because of its effective tropes.
Since found-footage movies are purportedly shot by the characters, hiring a muscular action filmmaker like Renny Harlin seems like overkill.
Further evidence that seasoned directors enjoy the found footage gimmick as much as the first-timers seem to.
The decision to assemble it as a found-footage thriller makes it feel like yet another Blair Witch knock-off. And the plot seems to run out of ideas before the end.
Audience Reviews for The Dyatlov Pass Incident (Devil's Pass)
A mixture of Blair Witch and Chernobyl Diaries, Devil's Pass is an intense and frightening thriller. Filmed in a found footage style, a group of students retrace the steps of a famous Russian exposition that was mysteriously lost while exploring a mountain passage. The writing is especially good; particularly in how it subtly builds from a mundane mountain trek into a conspiratorial thriller. Additionally, the cast is pretty good and helps to give the footage an authentic feel. Still, the characters are a little underserved and aren't fleshed out too much beyond what's needed for the story. Devil's Pass has some weak point, but overall it's a smart and compelling horror film that does a remarkable job at using the found footage genre.
Movie The Dyatlov Pass Incident is somehow named Devil's Pass here on RT and on IMDB. It is based on a true story about a mysterious event that resulted in the deaths of nine ski hikers in the northern Ural mountains on the night of February 2, 1959. The story is one of an unsolved mystery and should make an intriguing film, especially when we know the details of the real events: access to the area was barred for skiers and other adventurers for three years after the incident, and the investigators at the time determined that the hikers tore open their tent from within, departing barefoot into heavy snow and a temperature of −30 °C (−22 °F). Although the corpses showed no signs of struggle, two victims had fractured skulls, two had broken ribs, and one was missing her tongue...
In this case the director Renny Harlin who directed films such as Die Hard 2, Cliffhanger, and A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master, for some reason decided to use a found footage approach and the movie is trying to have some documentary style... but everything is so fake that I lost the interest just after the first half, and the rest was simply struggle to finish to the end.
Screenplay was so far-fetched with unbelievable theories (involves another curious tale from the 1940s that continues to fascinate conspiracy theorists) that almost required no intelligence on behalf of the viewer. Acting was something I'll rather forget but directing wasn't too bad. It had some quality in few parts of the film, but the final horror product I saw - sucks! This American-Russian co-production offers a fictional solution to the real-life story of what happened to nine Soviet ski-hikers who met mysterious, unexplained deaths in the Urals in February 1959 which I wasn't interested in.
Yet another bunch of american kids pick up some cameras and go where they shouldn't go. I don't have a problem with the hand-held camera approach at all. Some of my favorite recent horror flicks were shot like this, it's just that this storyline approach is quickly grow so so old.
Devil's Pass plays like all the others, whilst featuring some gorgeous sightings and it's actually pretty well crafted.
Many people have been complaining about the twists and whatnot, but I didn't mind the crazy mix of things, it's actually what could've set it apart from others. Problem is that it's all very underwhelming and they were obviously bitting more than they could chew on this one. No matter how cool or good your intentions were, the budget held things back a lot by the end.
Still, fairly entertaining albeit cliché as hell.
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