Oculus (2014) – Review, Rating and Synopsis

Oculus (2014)

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  • Release Date:  2014
  • Genre:  Supernatural Power
  • Director:  Mike Flanagan
  • Screenwriter:  Jeff Howard, Jeff Seidman, Mike Flanagan
  • Cast & Crew: Karen Gillan, Brenton Thwaites, Katee Sackhoff, Rory Cochrane, Annalise Basso, Garrett Ryan, James Lafferty, Miguel Sandoval, Kate Siegel, Scott Graham, Michael J. Fourticq, Justin Gordon, Catherine Parker, Bob Gebert, and Brett Murray.

Oculus (2014) Rating :

  • Dylan = 8.5 / 10;
  • Eloise = 7 / 10;
  • Raoul = 8.5 / 10;
  • Andrew = 7 / 10;
  • IMDB = 6.5/10;
  • Rotten Tomatoes =5.3/10.

Oculus (2014) Synopsis:

15 years after the dramatic events that destroyed their family, a brother and a sister reunite to take revenge over the antic mirror that caused them so many evil.

Oculus (2014) Review:

Following the (deserved) success of his previous film Absentia, Mike Flanagan’s film was a long-awaited one…but the wait was worth it! What a splendid movie!

Oculus is a paranormal movie with a malefic mirror as the villain, and if that sounds strange to you, wait until you see the actual movie!

It is like nothing you’ve seen before. It is built of a superposition of two stories, one when the lead characters were kids and one when they are adults. The film throws you into that messy puzzle without any sort of introduction. That makes it a little hard to comprehend things at first, but the story is well written and you eventually learn everything as it goes.

Because you know right from the start that something terrible happened to these kids as they were young (kind of these movies that start with the end), you always expect the worse and that expectation only increase the tension as the movie go.

Both stories evolve simultaneously, jumping back and forth without any sorts of warning. This effect, quite slow at first, increase progressively as the movie goes. This has the double effect that it increases the pace of the film constantly, and also increase the confusion, blurring more and more the line between fiction and reality. This very clever effect really build a solid suspense and ensure that you will end the movie on a nightmarish climax. Only cleverer is the way the story is written, making it very intuitive to understand what’s happening despite the extreme confusion. I also really liked the rational aspect of it. The characters really try to keeps a clear mind about it, which is a change from the usual screaming and running found in most other ghost movies. The movie is also really scary towards the end and that plays a big part in keeping the viewer immersed until the end.

I won’t lie, I really think that Oculus is one of the most clever horror scenario ever written. Does that make it a perfect movie? Maybe not because the last part is maybe a little too repetitive, but it is definitely one of the highlights of the year 2014!

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