Area 51 (2015) - Review, Rating and Synopsis

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  • Release Date:  2015
  • Genre:  Aliens, Found Footage
  • Cast and crew: Reid Warner, Darrin Bragg, Ben Rovner, Jelena Nik, Roy Abramsohn, Frank Novak, Glenn Campbell, Conception West, James Decker, Patrick Sullivan, David Thornsberry, Jenna Thornsberry, Amelia Thornsberry, Wray Featherstone, Sandra Staggs
  • Director:  Oren Peli
  • Screenwriter:  Christopher Denham, Oren Peli

Area 51 (2015)Rating:

  • Eloise = 4 / 10;
  • Raoul = 5 / 10;
  • IMDb = 4.2/ 10;
  • Rotten Tomatoes = 1.4 / 10;

Area 51 (2015) Synopsis:

Following a strange incident, three friends decide to break into Area 51 and document whatever they can find there.

Review:

Oren Peli finally comes back behind a camera eight years after directing Paranormal Activity, and I bet everyone is curious to see what that looks like. Well, first things first, don’t expect too much.

Area 51 is about people breaking into Nevada’ area 51, so nothing new in terms of concept. Already this year we had the horrible Hangar 10 on the exact same theme. The story is also a classic, three friends organize a commando-like mission to break into the forbidden zone and film whatever they can. The preparation of the trip is actually a neat part of the movie, it is well-detailed and creates a good feeling of anticipation. By the time the adventure starts, the movie has already done a good job of captivating the audience’s attention. As they get nearer to the base, it gets more and more suspenseful – making it impossible to stop without knowing what’s inside.

But then that is where the movie goes flat. The last third is really lousy. The consequences of these guys breaking in are way too exaggerated and simply don’t make sense. It is sad because the first part of the movie took time to build a credible scenario – about how three random people can penetrate into one of the most protected areas in the world – and then everything is ruined by a series of nonsensical events.


Another problem is the camera, which becomes way too shaky in the final scenes, making it almost impossible to make sense of what is happening.

In the end, I deeply regret that Oren Peli chooses the easy path to finish his movie because I saw some cleverness in the first part and I wish he had stuck to the mystery aspect without bringing in all the existing clichés about aliens.

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