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Ten years ago, tragedy struck the Russell family, leaving the lives of teenage siblings Tim and Kaylie forever changed when Tim was convicted of the brutal murder of their parents. Now in his 20s, Tim is newly released from protective custody and only wants to move on with his life; but Kaylie, still haunted by that fateful night, is convinced her parents' deaths were caused by something else altogether: a malevolent supernatural force -- unleashed through the Lasser Glass, an antique mirror in their childhood home. Determined to prove Tim's innocence, Kaylie tracks down the mirror, only to learn similar deaths have befallen previous owners over the past century. With the mysterious entity now back in their hands, Tim and Kaylie soon find their hold on reality shattered by terrifying hallucinations, and realize, too late, that their childhood nightmare is beginning again.
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1. Across-the-board great acting
2. Exceptional acting from the three female leads
3. Great premise—I'm not talking about the fact that the movie centers on a haunted object, or that the object is a mirror (or, from the mirror's point of view, an oculus into the world of the living and vulnerable, on whose souls it feeds) but that from the mirror's point of view, time doesn't seem to exist. At first it seems that this movie is half in "flashback" and thus risks suffering the drain in energy common to movies focusing on the past rather than the present. But it becomes apparent once the characters from the present and the past begin seeing each other that this is no flashback, that two tragic and interconnected stories located ten years apart are unfolding simultaneously before our eyes.
4. Great writing—The deeper the movie goes, the more invested we get into the characters, because we keep witnessing more and more of their lives and the origin of their personalities.
5. Atmosphere—Without ever stealing focus, the look and feel of this movie indicates a real excellence in production, a slick an well orchestrated piece that, while it was never intended to be a non-stop adrenaline rush, is a high octane thrill-ride for the mind.
Oculus is a dark and eerie psychological ride that starts slow, builds up and releases its full fury right up to the ending. This is a horror masterpiece and one of the better modern horror movies out there today.
The movie itself is very interesting considering it's about a mirror, but the director does a good job of adding suspense and a back story to the movie and the mirror itself. It's more suspenseful than scary, but does get quite graphic at times. I do not want to say anything more to ruin it, other than, it's definitely a enjoyable movie to watch!
Something for you & perhaps your significant other to watch!
The last day of the month, we rented this after a string of disappointments. It was awesome. Way better than our expectations.
If you like movies like Insidious (just the first), The Orphanage, Cabin in the Woods, You're Next, or Babadook, definitely check this one out!
The acting is good, although the plot has some limitations. It seems a little too convenient that the mirror is so obtainable to them at the beginning of the movie.
Some good jump out of your seat moments, and some just genuinely scary filming.