Movie review: Oculus

OculusReviewShelly Beraza

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Oculus

Directed by Mike Flanagan

 

In Oculus, a woman tries to clear her family’s name by proving an antique mirror is the culprit behind a multitude of grisly deaths spanning centuries.

As a horror movie buff, I was instantly intrigued by the story line and excited to see this film on the big screen.

While the idea behind the film could have been a gem in the horror genre, it didn’t get me sitting on the edge of my seat with my heart pounding and my knuckles gripping my theater chair.

Actors Annalise Basso and Garrett Ryan were one of the better parts of the film as young Kaylie and Tim. Their acting was excellent for their age and convinced me they were actually terrified.

Marie Russell, played by Katee Sackhoff, was the scariest character in the movie as the mother. Her mannerisms and movements gave off a creepy vibe that fit perfectly with her lines.

I was less than impressed with actress Karen Gillan, who played the adult Kaylie Russell in the film. Her wide-eyed gaze for most of her close-up scenes left more to be desired, and her character was less than convincing.

The plot was another area of frustration; it could have been more clever than “I have to keep my promise!” and put the cursed mirror back into their lives.

The first three-quarters of the movie left me waiting for something to happen. Once the end of the movie began the action started but it wasn’t enough. I wish they had gone a different route and intrigued the viewers to want more and I did want more.

Overall, the movie and directing weren’t the best. Hopefully the next film by Mike Flanagan will be more exciting than this one.

I give it: 2/5 stars

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Movie review: Oculus

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