Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Let's Talk about Oculus

Let's Talk contains spoilers.
A woman tries to exonerate her brother, who was convicted of murder, by proving that the crime was committed by a supernatural phenomenon.

I do not watch horror movies very often because they creep me out too much. But my sister (who loves horror movies) and I were in the mood for something creepy. So we decided to watch Oculus:

This movie was something else. Normally, watching horror movies, I either am so engrossed trying to figure out what is going on and trying to outsmart the movie. But this movie bored me in the beginning. The first couple minutes were great: running away from a man with a gun. But then he dreamed it? Then it went into about 5-10 minutes of bore.
Then, randomly, Nathan from One Tree Hill showed up.

He is engaged to the red head (named Kaylie, played by Karen Gillan). She has a brother named Tim (Brenton Thwaites), and he was taken to a psychiatric ward after the death of his father, which he 'caused.' 

Let me start by saying that I was pleasantly pleased. This movie was amazing. The acting was great, the writing was thought-out and the plot... it was amazing!

I honestly can't believe how good this movie ended up being.
I think that this was done well because they focused more on the story and the realistic aspects rather than going for CGI (which many paranormal horror movies do). We all know from the synopsis that it is about a paranormal mirror, but they focused so well on the story (avoiding CGI that would appear unrealistic).

The children were amazing actors! Especially young Kaylie. 

Okay, on with the characters!

Kaylie is someone who you don't know if she is truly crazy or if the mirror is actually possessed (or something). I mean, she acted crazy, but then everything she did served a purpose. Especially that one scene with the camera's facing each other! That was insane!

Tim was the character you felt bad for. You know that he was just protecting Kaylie, but she was really the one protecting him. The ending was so intense! See it below.

CRAZY scenes:

  • When the father was wearing the bandaid and he took it off to work. Then he started typing again and realized he was still wearing it. So he attempted to take it off but it just wouldn't budge. So he grabbed a staple remover and used it to pull off the bandaid. Then he realized that he was pulling off his fingernail.
  • When Kaylie was eating the apple and accidentally took a bite from the lightbulb only to realize after pulling a big piece out of her bloody mouth that it was still the apple.
  • When young Tim and Kaylie tried to call doctors to visit their mother and the only reply they got was "Have your father call us back."
This movie was so good and the scenes just play with your mind.
Highly recommended even if you don't like horror (like me).

The Ending:
Wow, the ending is so hard to explain because it just happened. I mean, he killed her? It was so random! The mirror makes them crazy! I liked that it did an overlap from when they were kids and now.
But it was still so sad. By the end, Tim had no one.

So how to explain... 
Was Tim crazy? I don't think so because you could see the way that the father reacted with the mirror. But what is the father wasn't crazy and he decided to just treat his family like that? Then it seems that they are all truly crazy. But there is just too much 'evidence' for them to be crazy (ex. the phone calls - "have your father call us.").

Overall, it was a good movie that is definitely worth watching at least once. The acting was amazing, especially with young Kaylie. And the fact that this started at a film festival is amazing because this movie was so well done.

Thanks for checking this out. Comment below and let me know what you thought of the movie!

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