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Hannah Hoekstra's performance in this is amazing; she completely carries this movie, and it's a shame she hasn't had more chances to star like this. The plot of App is completely ridiculous, but if you're willing to suspend your disbelief go along with the premise anyway, this is an entertaining and fast-moving story with enough suspense to carry the limited run time. I couldn't get the "second screen" feature to work with my phone, but that's just as well, the movie was fun and complete without it.
Nice job. Imagine an App taking control of your life how crazy and scary is that!? The lengths you would go to try and get rid of that thing, creepy voice ,it controls everything you do. I really liked this film. Bobby Boermans direction was good I got vertigo a few times, thank you. Acting was good here too, thank god.
Not a spectacular movie, nor one that I would ever be likely to re-watching, but it didn't make me want to turn it off halfway through. The app-integration was a nice idea but underutilized. The plot and story were decent at a glance, but the execution is stuttering and rather than building or revealing things it just suddenly tosses things at you and keeps on running.
Pretty interesting movie... Definitely curved my curiosity about the "App". Damn Iris was a mess and makes one second guess relying so heavily on their device and apps lol.
Quite a scary and well done movie until close to the end when it get a tad incoherent. The idea of an app taking over your life is of course not that fart fetched.
Great film from the Netherlands! Thriller suspense movie in vein of The Net and Eagle Eye. Low budget but very good. The lead actress Hannah Hoekstra who by the way looks very much like a cross between Emma Watson & Anne Hathaway, does a great job!
Decent popcorn flick!
Good dutch movie ...interesting story-line ...exithing , fine acting by Hannah ...away with to much new technollogy !
Really good movie - suspense ratchets up in a very satisfying way. Clever script.
App is a Dutch language film that was just released in North America. The film is a smallish horror feature, which focuses on a malicious cell' phone app'. One protagonist's life goes into a downward spiral as technology rears its ugly head, everywhere. This feature asks an interesting question; how far has technology infiltrated modern life? But, the film is really more focused on delivering a standard horror feature. In the end, App is an above average feature, which blends genres and most horror fans will find something entertaining here.
The story can be seen in the film's trailer. Essentially, Anna (Hanna Hoekstra) is a failing college student, who likes to party. At one of her celebrations, a mysterious character downloads a new application on her cell phone. This app' immediately goes to work, destroying Anna's life. Explicit rendezvous and car crashes are broadcast to the world. Meanwhile, Anna is struggling to help her temporarily handicapped brother. All of these tragedies spin Anna further down the rabbit hole.
Actress Hannah Hoekstra plays Anna, the protagonist.
App relies on a few horror tropes to keep the action going. The initial scene is a violent one. This early hook is mildly unsettling, but overused in the horror genre. From here, events transition over to Anna and her troubles, but a more compelling opening scene could have been more useful. As well, a certain secondary character turns into the typical mad scientist, late in the feature. This film has nothing on Frankenstein or Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, however. Some of the situations and character reveals come across as too predictable; this viewer spotted the villain early in Act II.
The film does take an interesting look at technology and its pervasiveness in culture. There is basically nowhere one can go where technology is not present. From satellites to wireless access in national parks, technology is everywhere. In the film, Anna cannot escape the villain, because that villain is in: heart monitors, traffic lights, mainframes and many more places. However, Skynet has not launched quite yet and Anna does persevere. But, did Anna ever think of simply throwing away the source of her consternation, her phone?
Overall, App is a fun film which will not challenge viewers, too much. The characterizations are fairly flat and Anna is the only character that is developed with any depth. Scenes are short and the film transitions from one action sequence to another, fairly quickly. Some of the setups are well done and a few of the deaths are horrifying. However, there are only a couple of minor sideplots here, involving infidelity and jealousy. App could have used a few more red herrings to unsettle or misdirect watchers.
App has released as of May 8th, 2014, through several formats and horror fans will want to take a look at this small Dutch film. Well shot and acted, App delivers a fairly tense thriller. Unfortunately, the film is slightly predictable at moments, including a late scene on an airplane (and many more). It would be interesting to see director Bobby Boermans and writer Robert Arthur Jansen incorporate more sequences, which step out of the horror mold, in future films. The film here is just satisfying enough her to recommend to horror fans, because of a few action sequences and late confrontations.
Overall: 6.75 out of 10 (characters are shallow, sets are vibrant, action sequences are tense, the climax is a little subdued and over quickly).
It's a great concept, but poorly executed. the "interactive" parts seem thrown in. as if to say "oops, we haven't done one of these in a while...better drop one here". Also, whomever did the subtitling work is clearly not a native English speaking person, because the translations seem literal and not interpretive, so what you see on the screen often makes no sense whatsoever!
I had great hopes for this movie and went to great lengths to see it, but I just can't justify better than the 'meh' rating I gave it. I hope that more movies that use modern day technology are made, but they need to learn what not to do from this fledgling effort.