Mockingbird (2014) – Review, Rating and Synopsis

Mockingbird (2014)

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  • Release Date:  2014
  • Genre:  Home Invasion & Survival
  • Director:  Bryan Bertino
  • Screenwriter:  Bryan Bertino, Sam Esmail
  • Cast & Crew: Alexandra Lydon, Todd Stashwick, Audrey Marie Anderson, Barak Hardley, Colby French, Lee Garlington, Spencer List, Alyvia Alyn Lind, Emily Alyn Lind, Adriane Rogers, Earnestine Phillips, Danny Vasquez, Mel Cowan, Yelyna De Leon, and David Michie.

Mockingbird (2014) Rating:

  • Eloise = 3 / 10;
  • Raoul = 5 / 10;
  • IMDB = 4.1/10;
  • Rotten Tomatoes = 2/10.

Mockingbird (2014) Synopsis:

Four people discover a strange box left at their respective front door, each containing a camera and some instructions for what will prove to be a really sick game.

Mockingbird (2014) Review:

Six years after the gripping The Strangers, Bryan Bertino’s new movie came with high expectation from the horror community – too much expectation as it turned out.

The concept of the movie, a sick game that people must play to stay alive, is nothing new and resemble other movies such as Saw or 13 Games of Death. But unlike the latest, Mockinbird is a little too meaningless to be a good one.

The movie is filmed in a slightly too shaky found footage way, which is not too noticeably annoying but actually kind of help reinforcing the concept of “people finding a camera with the instruction”.

The problem is that the scenario never justifies why the game is being played in the first place, and in this type of story, is it an unforgivable shortcoming. It is sad because the rest is ok. The movie does a great job at building tension and keeping the audience on edge until the final climax where we expect to know the answers! But it does not happen, possibly because the writers had the idea of the game, but could never find any credible way of justifying it. Instead, the ending rises more questions than it answers, something that is acceptable in a David Lynch movie but not tolerable here.

In conclusion, Mockingbird is like a soufflé, it feels you with expectation while in the oven cooking, but miserably shrink when times come to feed you.

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