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Movie Breakdown: Oculus

April 10, 2014

Film

People are doing traditional-style reviews all over the web, so we decided to try something different.  In each “breakdown” we’ll take a look at what a film’s marketing lead us to believe, how the movie actually played, and then what we learned from it all.  Read on!

The Impression:

Something something scary mirror.

The Reality:

If you’re a fan of horror flicks like Sinister, Insidious or The Ring, then Oculus is going to delight your insides  The well-made film features two interlinked stories (one set in the past, the other in the present) that tell an elaborate tale about a mirror that seems to be connected to a lot of terrible things.  There’s a few jump scares, some gory bits, and a whole hell of a lot brain bending theatrics that constantly have you trying to work out what is or isn’t real.  It’s actually this last part that I liked quite a bit, as the constant “what is really happening” element kept Oculus interesting and fun throughout its runtime.  I definitely recommend grabbing a friend and hitting up a late night screening somewhere.

The Lesson:

I like it when you mess with my mind.

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