A gleefully cheesy B movie with amateurish acting, primitive special effects, and a director who tries to make up what he lacks in talent with his enthusiasm. It is like some Harryhausen fans got together and decided to make a movie for fun. They are somewhat effective, but I still would have liked to have a script that was a bit more coherent and editing that was a bit more competent. It seems to have been dumped into theaters with zero promotion to die a quick death, but at least it will have the cachet of having had a theatrical release.
Political thrillers are the sort of movie I always hope for the best from, look forward to, and really want to like, but usually they disappoint. This is one of those. It looks great and the cast does what it can, but the script is weak. Still, I'll probably watch it again years from now hoping I simply misremembered how it disappointed me. Always the optimist!
I found this movie sanctimonious 30 years ago and I find it so now. I still like it simply because I like the subject, the period, and the cast; but for all its alleged moral conundrums and shades of gray, at its heart it is really a self-congratulatory liberal happy-movie. In it a character who supports Somoza exclaims, "In twenty years we'll see who's right!" Thirty years later I'm more confident than ever he was. Reagan and Bush caught a lot of flack for their policies, but the record speaks for itself. By 1993 practically the only country in all of Latin America that was not a democracy was that erstwhile favorite of the Left, Cuba. Perhaps Hollywood will make a movie based on that, but I doubt it.
Each PARANORMAL ACTIVITY is a little inferior to its predecessor, but this one seems to have finally jumped the proverbial shark. Setting it in the barrio is a bit of a change-up, but the story between the five movies is so convoluted it isn't worth trying to figure out. The worst sin is that it just isn't scary.
What can four Oscar winners do with a so-so script? Bend it to their mighty will, is what. The movie has no surprises; it is simply a vehicle to get these guys together and give them something to do for 95 minutes. If that is enough for you (it was for me) you will probably enjoy it (I did).