One of Levinson's better films: if you view it not as a horror film with the typical beats nor a found footage film with jump scares (thought there are some) but as mockumentary about ecological horrors it is profoundly unsettling and skin crawling- the moment when the cops enter the house and we only hear what happens inside - is one of the more perfect moments in recent horror.
The faux-documentary style quickly unravels, becoming the film’s raison e’tre rather than it establishing characters to face horrific situations - which are hackneyed anyway. Perhaps the greater horror here is the real life invasion of privacy this film draws on, with the proliferation of CCTV and recorded image out there. Despite eating it’s own novel tail, it’s fitfully suspenseful and an interesting genre riff.
Not bad. The "found footage" style is quite well used here, there are some jumps and grisly moments.and it was engaging enough to keep me up till gone 1am to find out what happened in the end! (And one star isn't so bad when you consider my absoloute faves can only get five!)
A promising start devolves into ridiculous cliché after ridiculous cliché. The premise is barely skirted, and the attention to maintaining the found footage conceit overtakes both horror and entertainment, leaving viewers with a sadistic offing of 6 thousand people without a chuckle, scare, or on-screen adequately-lit death.
Levinson has successfully eco-terrorized me! While making a traditional docu about actual environmental crises in the Chesapeake Bay, PBS’s Frontline beat him to it. Shifting gears, he crafted a cautionary tale by melding "found-footage" from 21 cameras and media formats w/ old school creature, atom bomb, and eco-fable plot points of the 1950s-70s. It's not the images that scare but the plausibility. Well done.
Better than I expected! Actually really good found-footage-horror that manages to come across as quite believable. The acting was good and the direction was excellent. The pacing pf the story was probably the best thing and the movie never outstayed it's welcome. Recommended!
Lovecraftian found footage mosaic, that succeeds in painting a vivid portrait of a town going through an apocalyptic plague. Unique, compelling, and realistic without sacrificing any of its tension or scares. The editing is some of the best of the years.