Absence (2013) – Another Paranormal Thriller Made With a Hand Held Camera
Category: Thriller/Found Footage
Actors: Erin Way, Eric Matheny, Ryan Smale, Stephanie Scholz
Duration: 98 min
Rated: Not Rated
You might like this movie if you enjoyed:
Paranormal Activity (2007), The Fourth Kind (2009)
Long Story Short:
Liz (Erfin Way) is seven months pregnant, however, one day she wakes up and her fetus is gone. The doctors don’t believe her story. To find out the truth her brother (Ryan Smale) decides to shoot a documentary about her. He is taking Liz and her husband in a cabin in the woods, hoping that being away would make Liz open up to him. But soon strange things start to happen.
Through the years I got so tired of movies shot with a hand held camera and I doubt that Paranormal Activity will survive longer than maybe two more parts. There are only a few that have actually been successful and entertaining, which are The Blair Witch Project (1999) – The mother of documentary style movies -, Chronicle (2012), End of Watch (2012), and maybe the first part of Paranormal Activity (2007), just because it was something new. Absence catches your intentions by referencing to fetal abduction, which is by definition the kidnapping of an unborn child by stealing it from a pregnant woman against her will, performing an early cesarean. There are many known cases but and usually the mother dies, but never has a woman been unaware of it.
The movie goes an interesting way and keeps your attention, but as it continues you might start wondering, if it is going to be yet another movie that doesn’t give a real conclusion, and the answer is YES! The fact that Liz’s brother is supposed to be a filmmaker or cinematography student blew my mind, because the whole camera work was just bad, a lot of times it was out of focus and there wasn’t anything artistic or decent about his shots. There were plenty scenes that could have been left out, which might have shorten it drastically, but I wouldn’t you rather watch a decent short movie than a boring full length movie? I know I would. Erin Way is a nice actress, and I hope she gets some more roles in the future. I didn’t like Ryan Smale, his way of acting seemed very blah to me.
To sum it up: Documentary Style or Found Footage movies are still lame, they haven’t got better, and they won’t get any better unless they have a decent ending, but since that seems to be too much work for writers I would say, let’s just bury this genre for a while so it can get reinvented.
Review: Rating: 5/10
Image sourced from IMDB