October 29, 2012
Previews Give it Away
We've seen it all before, and anything we HAVEN'T seen in the previous 3 movies, we got to see in the previews for this film.
There are some great jump-out moments and a creepy kid always increases the terror factor in any horror film. However, the story line is a little tired. The way the video recording was incorporated was fresh, which did keep this film from being a total loss. Kathryn Newton as Alex was believable and her rapid breathing during intense scenes incited anxiety. Matt Shively was an excellent source of comic relief, and the timing was perfect.
Some of the supposed scary stuff - i.e. levitating - seemed ill-placed and frankly it was obvious Alex was wearing a harness. I will say the X Box Kinect stuff was cool and it definitely kept me focused on the screen. I think there were some missed opportunities during those scenes in terms of jump-out moments.
Overall, we've seen it before but it's still worth the trip to the theater.
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