Monday, February 20, 2012

Evidence (2011)

Once again, a group of teens head out on a camping trip to make a documentary when they unwittingly uncover a monster lurking in the woods. Now, their film will be the only remaining evidence of the creature, if they can only make it out alive! Of the many "found footage" films that have flooded the market in recent years, EVIDENCE ranks amongst the worst. The characters range from annoying to mindless and idiotic, and they make some of the most absurd decisions ever put on film! When one of the guys goes missing after the first attack, the group goes deeper into the woods to find him rather than taking off for help. Each time the girls find any sort of safe defense, they open a door and go running back into the woods. The creatures are always just a few steps behind, yet when the girls trip and fall, they are never attacked. Despite the fact that the characters explicitly state that they are only half a mile off of a familiar mountain road, they run into a deadly monster and happen upon a huge military installation that no one has ever seen before. And for what? The documentary is literally about Brett's first time camping. How or why anyone would agree to do this has yet to be determined. Who does this documentary cater to? It sounds more like a stupid dorm room prank than a legitimate project.

A common complaint with the hand-held approach to filmmaking is that it has a dizzying effect on the audience. Well, this is taken to the furthest extremes in EVIDENCE. The camera is sickeningly tossed and turned, while the footage been chopped up and digitally mangled to give the appearance of damage. This makes the end product unwatchable. In the final third, things get even more insane and illogical, with new monsters and half-human hybrids popping out all over the place, only adding to the confusion. If the intent was to make EVIDENCE legitimately look like four untrained and untalented documentary filmmakers went into the woods and got killed for making poor decisions, then mission accomplished.

Rating: 5/10.

Movies like EVIDENCE:
NIGHT OF THE VAMPIRE, EYES IN THE DARK, LAST RIDE.

Available on Region 2 DVD March 12 from Showbox Media Group.

14 comments:

  1. You are retarded! Did you even watch the film?! It was one of the best low-budget found-film movies I have ever seen, and I have seen most of them!

    It had monsters, zombies, soldiers and a great plot that went way beyond what one would expect. Do us all a favor, and don't bother writing movie reviews anymore! You are scaring off people from legitimately awesome movies!

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    1. Agreed, watched it last night and really enjoyed it, the confusion added to the realism of being thrown into the deep end of something you do not understand. 10/10 havnt seen found footage this good since The Tunnel.

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    2. Well put, just barely finished the movie and I loved it. The decisions may be a bit odd but they're believable also Monsters zombies soldiers Oh my?! love that mix and kind of had a resident evil type feel near the end that mixed 3 (Action, horror, and mockumentry) of my favorite types of movies into a good film (some acting is questionable but still good)

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    3. Just watched the movie again, and you guys are right, I am retarded. This should have been a 3 or 4 out of 10 and not a 5.

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  2. PS I give it 10/10

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  3. Feel free to comment

    izuamadog@netzero.net

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  4. Hey, sorry for the delay, was busy having a life. Tell you what, start a website, write 1,500 reviews or so, and I'll stop by and make childish comments on it, starting with your poor taste in films. Thanks,

    -Management

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    1. What a stupid thing to say.. He obviously feels strongly about the film, there no need to be such a pretentious tw@

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  5. "Do us all a favor, and don't bother writing movie reviews anymore! You are scaring off people from legitimately awesome movies!"

    True, I guess our response was uncalled for. As a result, we have decided to shut our doors for good and stop reviewing films, since our opinions are clearly misguided.

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  6. Mere seconds after I Like Horror Movies announced that they were shutting down, an outcry of support flooded our inbox, so after much deliberation, I am afraid we have decided to continue writing reviews. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused, but please be sure to track down each of the other reviews you disagree with to leave childish comments on as well, and we will be more than happy to respond accordingly.

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  7. You're right, I'm sorry for ever questioning you.. Leaving anonymous comments just gives me a sense of power unlike I have ever felt in my day to day life.. I vow to change for the better and not randomly call people tw@s, thank you for showing me the error of my ways..

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  8. It's all right, trolls like you come and go, but reviewers rarely waiver. Good luck, and let us all know when you get around to creating your own website.

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  9. Like it or hate it that's your opinion. I am a senior film fanatic and loved its low budget quirkiness. Characters you want to die as they swig a bottle between 4 etc.The constant chase was awesome. But this , like other posts, is only an opinion. If you want to review a real pile of shit I suggest the dark knight rises, or anything with Russel crowe in

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  10. It was a good show for me. I give it a 8/10 only because I really wanted to see one of those "Stalked by one or more monsters in the woods" kind of movie

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