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5 out of 7 people found the following review useful:
A surprising "found footage" film that works, 15 January 2012
Author: tomgleba from United States
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
Frequent collaborators Brandon Slagle(15 Till Midnight) and Devanny Pinn(cathARTic) once again succeed in making a little look like a lot in "Area 51: Confidential". Avoiding the normal "found footage" pratfalls (hokey plot lines, cheap looking effects, terrible acting) this film works because of 3 things: inventive cinematography, superior performances, and an intriguing plot. Both Slagle and Pinn deliver the multi-faceted acting chops we've come to expect, and Wolfgang Meyer particularly shines as a confused refugee of the titular Area 51. Most of the real action takes place out of frame, or in the realm of the sound design of this film, thus keeping the effects budget low, and the locations really contribute to the feeling of isolation and impending doom associated with the plot line. I watched this right after viewing the similarly themed "Apollo 18" and found "Area 51: Confidential" to be the superior film, despite having what probably amounted to 1/100th the budget. Again, Hollywood, you're doing it wrong! No amount of pre-release hype, flashy effects, ADD style editing, mega-stars, and cash will ever trump a good idea and passionate film-making!
1 out of 2 people found the following review useful:
Well worth it., 8 November 2012
Author: m-ryan-andrews from Canada
Usually not a huge fan of the over saturated found footage kind of
horror film. Personally I feel it's run it's course and is dying a slow
death. But that being said, it doesn't mean that there still can't be
hidden gems within this style of horror. This is one of them.
To put it simple, it had a little something different, giving it it's own stand out charm and not just another run of the mill kind of film.
Acting is always key in this type of film because if you don't care about the characters, the movie fails. The acting is strong but it doesn't take itself too seriously. It's a fun film and the acting lends to that.
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