Area 407 Reviews
One line summary: The worst in found film; lots of closeups of bloody faces; not much plot.
Trish and Jessie travel by jet from New York to Los Angeles for New Year's Eve. Trish is video recording. Trish's high-pitched elf voice is incredibly irritating. The new year arrives during the flight; this was quite the anticlimax until the heavy weather hits.
The plane crashes in a desert area. Trish and Jessie survive. Jessie takes over filming after Trish is incapacitated.
After seeing this film, not hearing the word 'okay' for about 8 years would be fine. The characters kept repeating 'okay' while examining bleeding, broken limbs, no food, no shelter, missing people, and so on. The anger at the intrusive camera seemed quite understandable. The only use I could see for the camera was as a torch (flashlight). Jessie, who is even less skilled at operating it, took over. Jessie zooms almost continuously, concentrates on bloodied faces, and almost never focuses well.
Something goes bump in the night, kills several survivors, and routs them from the leftover fuselage. Six survivors find a nearby cabin. Eventually a car comes by. The surviving air marshal has a conversation with the driver, who proceeds to drive away. The bump in the night returns and scares them out of the cabin. The ever-useless, petulant Trish holds half of them back.
They find a working two-way radio in the second cabin. The initial 'replies' are indecipherable. They keep trying and eventually contact someone who will try to triangulate their position. The voice tells them to go back to the plane where the bump in the night killed people.
They obey this direction. Will anyone survive?
Cinematography: 0/10 Hand-held nonsense. All the usual failures are there: continuous and unnecessary zooming, bad focus, bad framing, settling on a subject who is doing nothing other than zoning out.
Sound: 5/10 Varies wildly. Trish's high pitched voice rates a good minus four.
Acting: 0/10 The hand-held camera trumps acting.
Screenplay: 2/10 Is there a story here? Way too much time is spent on the camera zooming and re-zooming and focusing on characters who are basically not moving, not talking. So far it is: plane crash, deaths, scramble, hope for rescue, then hopes dashed. Looks like a nice ten minute short.
Filmen känns som dom filmat den under en natt och början av morronen. Se den för faaan inte.
It actually takes some time to introduce the characters who will of course be our core crash survivors. The Charlie character will for sure come off as annoying for awhile in this film, and nearly every character makes a few really dumb decisions, but I still found it enjoyable.
I have read complaints that you only really hear noises or see flashes of the Dinosaur, but I think that works best. You fear worse what you cannot see.
The acting is decent, as this would probably be what people going through this would act like.
And the final moments are pretty extreme. I didn't really see it coming and wow, it has to be seen to be believed.
If you are fans of found footage, I think this will be a real treat.
Seriously Fuck Found Footage movies.