This film is a wonderful depiction of how truth is constructed (or confabulated) in the digital age through a succession of cascading frames, something like a Russian nesting doll by way of analogy. Everything up for grabs, a compulsion to include all conflicting perspectives ... and yet what is formed is a coherent, if open-ended narrative. This is born out most in the cinematography (everything is squared, everything is framed for the viewer). But this trope extends to the political "square," also to the "horror" square. Two quick things: Politics and the polemical views situate this film, give it grounding, but it's not a political film. Also, the horror aspect, while leveraging off of vogue themes, I see as the counterpoint to what is invariably represented in any documentary -- the shadowy "other" theory. I mention this because at first blush certain of the characters might seem cliche. And to some extent, the personae they represent are. But isn't that the trajectory of political reporting for the past, dunno, 2 decades??
There is a lot of artistic merit to this film, and I give a great amount of credit to the actors as well as the others involved, specifically crediting them as it's not easy to reprise a role most Americans have seen 10,000 times over on t.v. (i.e. in "reality") and do so compellingly and convincingly. Some may disagree, I imagine, find some of this very "on the nose," at least, "off the shelf." Not so. This blows The Blair Witch Project out of the water, and I'm talking on its release (that could have been condensed to about 17 minutes). Anyway, this is far more intelligent than the new generation of found-footage films, most of which use the device for suspense, or just sheer novelty. (One minor criticism is that they could have shed the last couple of minutes ....)
I liked it. It is a bit slow getting into it, and you start thinking, "aw hell, another stupid gangland show." But then it starts getting creepy when the pictures come out and they start tracing Francisco's steps that night. It pulls you in and becomes worth it. Perhaps not 5 bucks to rent worth it but still, I'm impressed.
Truly a stupid flick with absolutely no plot, and certainly doesn't qualify as a horror flick. No story line, not really any characters well-defined. The whole movie moves through like a bad documentary pretending to be a movie.
Boring fake documentary-ish movie that plays more like a Forensic Files than a movie only less interesting. I waited to see if something would happen to get me involved or interested but nope. I'm a total horror movie fan and try to watch as many as I can. I watch all kinds because even some of the bad ones at least have a story to keep you interested, but I wish I could get my money back on this one. Good story told in the wrong fashion.
Extremely solid acting and really capable filmmaking. I was surprised at how real this "documentary" seemed to be. This is not some amateur found footage crap - as some other reviewers seem to think. It has a really clever and original premise - and is well executed. The only reason I gave it 4 stars instead of five, is I felt that the story dragged a bit. Around the halfway point I started to feel that they needed to pick up the pace. But all in all - really well done. Changed my mind - gave it 5 stars. I'd really love to see more from these filmmakers.
I'm sorry movie producers and actors... its is an interesting concept, but the summary of this movie to me is "take 12 pictures of a zombie attack and spend 90 minutes talking about it as a mock documentary". Would have been slightly better if at the end showed the live footage of how the pictures were taken. As is it is kinda waste of time :-(