Someone please explain to me the concept behind the “found footage” sub-genre? Who is interested in watching someone’s home movies for an hour and then having something happen the last twenty minutes that is ill-conceived and anti-climatic? I’m not being sarcastic, I really want to know why these films are being made and more importantly why people watch them.
To me, this sub-genre began and ended with The Blair Witch Project. Even that film was painfully boring until the last few minutes, but it was new and fresh. Every “found footage” movie after it (except the V/H/S series, which this format fits amazingly well in a short film setting) is just boring.
Devil’s Due is no exception and even takes the boring qualities to a whole new level. We follow a newlywed couple on their honeymoon (not original at all), the couple at some point blacks out and something happens. Of course we don’t know exactly what because of the quick cuts of the camera and dreadfully unoriginal digital static effects that have become staple and tiresome in these films. After about an eternity of boring home video footage of the couple being mundane, and boring, we learn that there is some Rosemary’s Baby stuff going on… Yawn. Between footage the husband shoots, and at certain points unbelievably shot (meaning no one would continue to film some of this stuff, it’s just painfully forced upon us), we also get clips from a grocery store camera that is never explained how that footage was obtained, and security camera footage the husband sets up around the house for no apparent reason, besides just to have other footage besides his handheld stuff, nothing really happens of interest, until the last twenty minutes.
If the last twenty minutes had a big payoff that was original, shocking, hey even remotely interesting, I could have something good to say about it. But as it stands, there isn’t and I don’t. This was a total waste of time and just another reason to continue to roll my eyes when another “found footage” film comes across my desk. There’s a rumor about the next Friday The 13th film being this type of film, and I regret to say it, but if it is I won’t be watching. I’m done with this feature length sub-genre for good.
If I have some strange urge to watch a film like this, I’ll break out my 8mm projector and watch some of my own family home movies at least I’ll know there will be better acting.
In short, I wish this sub-genre would die a gruesome death and never be resurrected!
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