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Review- Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones

Once upon a time, there were best friends who lived above a secretive woman who was found murdered by a fellow classmate. Armed with a video camera, the friends investigate her home and stumble into a world that defies physics. 

Paranormal Activity:The Marked Ones is the fifth installment in the popular franchise and is filmed in exactly the same way: in first person with a handheld camera. This always sparks the question: What the hell were these guys doing to be carrying a camera around with them all the time? 

The answer is simple: they were filming themselves doing stupid stunts and putting it on YouTube. Unfortunately, these stupid stunts take up far too much film time which eats into the scary bits. 

Like the previous films, there’s no real scary bits. The film relies on momentary noises with no real substance: just as your heart starts beating very fast because something’s just happened, there’s another twenty minutes of rubbish before something else happens. 

That’s not to say that there aren’t cool bits. There definitely are, but they last 5-10 seconds maximum which is a real shame. Those are the bits I want to see more of, not the stupid stunts like going down a flight of stairs in a washing basket. 

I won’t give away the ending (which was surprisingly satisfactory) however I thought there could be more in the last 15 minutes and less in the first forty minutes. Get on with the spooky stuff and explore more into where Jesse was taken at the end. What were they doing there? What was the Final Ritual? What happened to Jesse? 

The franchise didn’t need another addition, and this film would have been better had it cut the filler and concentrated more on the markings and scary stuff- that’s what the audience came to see. The cheap frights without any substance leaves me wondering what the point was. There were more laughs than shrieks from the audience I saw it with. 

2 out of 10 popcorns 

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January 22, 2014 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , ,

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