Paranormal Activity 4: Unrated Edition
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The reviews were ALL tepid--even those that sort of praised it--and word of mouth was dismal. The "actual people watching the film" TV ad was so over-the-top, it became a joke.
And then the film itself was a mess. Why have the wink-wink "in jokes" of the kid riding the bike like THE SHINING? It takes us "out" of the movie we're watching...and ads zero to the film. Same with the first
fake" drag scene of the girl. Again, why remind us that we're watching a movie, why take us out of the experience?
And NOTHING happens for so long into this movie, it's just people talking and talking and talking. The few little scares are already shown in the trailer, which they have done before...but those are the ONLY scares! So we are not surprised.
And it's clear that the writers/directors had no real ideas of what Toby was to do this time. In other words, WHY does he levitate the girl? If the goal is to kill everyone, that just do it. The levitation scene is simply to impress US, the viewers. But we've seen that before, in a dozen films...and in the trailer! So there is no shock or surprise. And why bounce the ball down the stairs? And why is there scene after scene in the dark with the xBox? Toby is "better" than moving some dots around but they feature that xBox feature into the ground.
Finally, the ending (no spoiler, if you've seen PA3)...is the SAME ending as PA3. We learn nothing. In fact, you can remove PA4 and you've learned NOTHING.Read more ›
With a budget this big and a devoted audience, it is an insult to the integrity and to the intelligence of the loyal fans to put out a lackluster film such as this. They have obviously run out of ideas and are already rehashing the same scenes over and over again. Unless you are a huge fan of the franchise, don't seethis film. Not only are the first three better, but they are almost identical.
At first my wife and I were afraid that it was going to be an unbearable teenage romance, but it wasn't. It was actually really well done, and there were some genuinely creepy moments. There are a lot less of the startle scares that the other PAs are known for but that's fine. This one was just creepy.
This one...not so much.
It provided zero substance to the ongoing story and it wasn't even scary.
At some parts, I was hoping that someone would get killed in the movie.
Another very distracting thing was the teenagers.
It may be just me getting old but the teens cursed waaaay to much, to the point that it was a distraction in the movie.
By now we know the formula, night falls, scary low frequency sound, and then a boom (sometimes followed by a s scream).
If I were you, I would stop with 3....I wish I did.
The second one lost a lot of its scares by having many cameras, thus losing the limited perspective which helped keep your mind wondering what "that shadow" was that you may have just seen. 3 was a bit better since it went back to basics but the cat was already out of the bag. Knowing what to expect meant that we didn't care so much what that shadow was anymore.
Now we have PA4. I will usually admit that scary movies are more scary to most people than they are to me since I have been watching them since I was 6 years old and have seen hundreds. In this case, however, I can honestly say that this is just not at all scary. Outright boring in fact. Not only is the cat still out of the bag in terms of story, plus we have many cameras again, but there really isn't anything actually happening here. That's right, not only little paranormal activity but little activity at all. None of the characters matter. Nothing they do matters. It is just people walking around, some shots of them sleeping, a very unnecessary XBOX Kinect endorsement, and really nothing to even tie it to the old story line in the end.Read more ›
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I have seen all of the Paranormal Activity movies in the series, and I would say this is probably my least favorite. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Jessica Parks
Not as good as the previous, but it you're a fan of the series, you might enjoy it.Published 1 month ago by Jb
I thought this one was not bad, in the series of the "Paranormal Activity" movies. This was also great quality!!!Published 1 month ago by Debra Morris
Worst of the franchise. Pure exploitation of the original thrills. Nothing fresh on the menu here. Creepy becomes corny pretty fast. (Hey, Katie, speed it up there, will ya?)Published 1 month ago by Patricia P. Surrey