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I consider myself easy to please when it comes to genre films. I don't expect any movie to venture too far outside of the lines these days. As much as I hate saying it, there really is nothing new under the sun. I just want the filmmakers to take what's been done before, shake it up a bit, and give it their own spin. Unfortunately, Image Entertainment's "Evidence" falls short of achieving the aforementioned goal.
Five people are murdered at an abandoned desert gas station. Two detectives are given the job of sifting through the only evidence left at the crime scene: video footage from the cell phones and cameras the victims shot. It soon becomes evident that the killer is playing with the two investigators. The two must now piece together what happened before the psychopath decides to strike again.
A friend of mine gave me some good advice one time. He told me that any drink or food that has more than one synonym in its description can't be good for you. I find this can apply to movies as well much of the time. "Evidence" is one of those films. It can be described using several different terms like horror, thriller, slasher, and found footage. If you can do it successfully, it really doesn't sound so weird to have these different elements mixed together.
The two biggest issues with "Evidence" is pacing and believability. Long stretches of nothing happen while people walk around with flashlights and cell phones, which gets old quickly. It sort of sabotages the element of surprise.Read more ›
It's a bit of a challenge to write a review of Evidence without giving too much away, but I'll do my best to convey my thoughts on this film without ruining anything for you, should you choose to check it out.
First, this is a mix of found footage (actually, an integral part of the story), and standard photography. Second, it's as much a whodunit as it is a horror-thriller. Personally, during my first viewing, I have to be honest and admit I didn't know who was
I also thought the found footage camera work was really quite good. There is a portion of that includes "nightvision" which is actually black-and-white infrared-vision (white hot, black cold, or vice versa), something I've not come across often in handheld cam FF movies. And I really thought this was a pretty cool visual experience for a horror movie - definitely creepier than the usual nightvision (shades of green using ambient light).
Further, I thought the cast, overall, did turn in some pretty good performances (funnily enough, I found the ancillary female character, Katrina Fleishman, played by Dale Dickey, provided the best acting) and made for an overall decent experience as a result.
Now, most of the debate seems to be around the ending of the movie. Personally, I thought the final ending and plot twist was a bit silly and ultimately felt as though they'd taken it one twist too far. Other reviewers seem to agree, while others thought it made the whole movie really interesting. I did actually go back and watch this a second time, given the ending, as you're forced to view it all differently once youve finished watching it initially. Saying ay more than that would ruin the movie, so I'll leave it there.
Overall, I have to say it was interesting and I think it was worth the price of a rental, if ultimately capped off with a silly ending.
This is one film I found well-made and well-acted and the twist at the end is a good one.
This DVD was rented by the reviewer and no remuneration was involved in the writing of this review.
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Not bad found footage thriller. I liked they way it went back and worth between the detectives and the footage. Read morePublished 13 days ago by westicles
This is a movie that is a mix of a crime thriller and a found footage movie. So if you like either or both of those genres then this movie is perfect for you. Read morePublished 10 months ago by zombie phreak
I suspect all of the positive reviews were left by those involved with this crap. I LOVE B movies, and there are very, very few I don't finish - but after an hour into this, I... Read morePublished 11 months ago by SET67
One of best movies I've seen. So many great twists and turns, especially the ending.Published 11 months ago by blimy101
I’m not a big fan of found-footage films but at least in Evidence there is a purpose to the footage. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Tim Janson
Pretty good thriller. The pay off is so - so but I must admit it was really engaging! Give it a look!Published 13 months ago by Robert B. Long II
It was okay but could have been better. The ending was quite shocking though. Would I recommend? I can't say that I would.Published 16 months ago by SomeoneWife