107 Min - Horror - 2013-09-08
107 Min Horror 2013-09-08
- Mike Flanagan,
- Mike Flanagan, Jeff Howard,
- Katee Sackhoff, Karen Gillan, Brenton Thwaites, James Lafferty, Rory Cochrane, Kate Siegel, Garrett Ryan,
- A woman tries to exonerate her brother's murder conviction by proving that the crime was committed by a supernatural phenomenon.
It’s clean, lean and smart.
The derivative evil-mirror potboiler Oculus doesn’t exactly shatter the clichés of the genre, but it does distort them in a couple of interesting ways, beginning with a creative reversal of the usual vengeful-spirit plot.
A derivative but efficient chiller that cribs from “Solaris,” “The Shining” and “The Amityville Horror” yet also shows glimmers of imagination.
Oculus eventually becomes little more than a series of ghostly figures and twisted visions on its way to a cop-out of an ending that you'll see coming an hour away.
Unless you’re Billy Bob Thornton, old furniture just isn’t all that scary.
Unsettling and well-acted story.
One reason Oculus feels so talky and monotonous in spite of its tricky syntax is that the space itself isn’t charged with malignancy. And the monster doesn’t compensate — it’s dumb, blockish, inert. The mirror doesn’t have two faces. It barely has one.
Cleverly complex, if not quite as scary or memorable as one might have hoped.
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