Mr. Jones tells the story of Scott and Penny a couple going into the woods so Scott can shot a documentary. Penny has given up her career in order to accompany Scott on this endeavor. As time goes on the couples relationship becomes troubled, until the discovery of Mr. Jones. Mr. Jones to many is a myth. An artists who constructs strange twig sculptures and randomly sends them to people. Some say he is evil, though no one has ever seen him. Is he evil constructing these statues to haunt people, or are they to help keep another nightmare dimension at bay?
Yes this is a documentary/found footage type film. Shot for the most part first person by the characters. Writer/director Karl Mueller changes the staple of the first person genre by inventing a camera setup that shoots both front and back that the characters carry around. This is a step above how we normally experience these types of films. You can see Mr. Jones creeping up behind the character all the while be able to see the character doing their thing, not noticing what’s going on behind them. This makes for better tension. Okay that’s the good thing.
The last third of the movie is watching Scott freak out in close up, looking over his shoulder “what’s that” type of deal. The camera is so shaky and the static effects are extremely annoying. This is done throughout the entire last 25 minutes of the film. And as the climax is going down, you really don’t get to see anything, only glimpses and quick cuts of what’s going down. As a viewer this is extremely annoying. If I would have seen this in the theatre I probably would have thrown up, instead I only get nauseas.
The film had great potential with a storyline based on your nightmares aren’t really nightmares, but another dimension that exists and what happens if you cross over into that dimension. Good right? Not in this overly shaky film. This story would have been great if not been shot in first person. I seriously can’t explain to you how shaky and frustrating the end of the film is.
I must say I am not a fan of this type of film, if you are you, maybe able to enjoy this film. But I found it like trying to watch a movie while driving down the steepest, bumpiest, mountain. It certainly wasn’t for me.
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