Oculus Review

Oculus Review

**********Warning the following article may contain spoilers. You have been Warned!*******************


A woman tries to exonerate her brother, who was convicted of murder, by proving that the crime was committed by a supernatural phenomenon.

My Thoughts:

This movie had potential but tries to do to much in the time they have given themselves.  What I mean by that statement is this movie is really two movies smashed into one and neither of them get the time they deserve. The first film we get is a Young Kaylie (Annalise Basso) and Tim (Garrett Ryan) moving to a new house with their parents and dear old Dad (Rory Cochrane) decides he needs an antique mirror. We come to find out that this mirror is of course not what it seems to be and start effecting Dad and Mom (Katee Sachoff) which of course ends badly. The second film we flash forward ten years where we see older Kaylie (Karen Gillan) working at an auction house tracking down the mirror. Older Tim (Brenton Thwaites) is just getting out of a mental hospital after coming to realize that the events that happened to him when he was younger were not supernatural but his brain just making up things to fit events. The second movie entails the sister wanting to document and prove that their dad wasn’t a killer but taken over by a supernatural being and so sets things in motion at their old house with her brother tagging along trying to tell her it wasn’t real. Needless to say bad things happen.

So if you take those two movie ideas on their own I think they would have been good but they took those two ideas put it in a blender and it the mix button and what we get for 105 mins is a back and forth movie that sometimes pulls you out of the scary moments and throws you into another situation that just doesn’t help them out.

And then the because they smashed these two movies together you get inconsistencies in the story line such as; in the older timeline they state how the mothers body was found during the younger timeline, but then we see what happens to the mother and it doesn’t match up to what was told to us.

Overall they make a valiant effort to try to make this a scary movie but fall flat and really doesn’t keep you entertained enough to spend $15 for a movie ticket.

My Recommendation:

Skip it. It isn’t worth the money you would pay to see it. If you are really interested to see what it does then wait for Red Box or Netflix.

Movie Info:

Release Date: 11 April 2014

Rating: R

Run Time: 105 min


Mike Flanagan


Mike Flanagan and Jeff Howard (screenplay), Mike Flanagan and Jeff Seidman (short screenplay)


Karen Gillan, Brenton Thwaites, Katee Sackhoff, Rory Cochrane, Annalise Basso, Garrett Ryan, James Lafferty, Miguel Sandoval, Kate Siegel, Scott Graham, Michael J. Fourticq, Katie Parker, Justin Gordon, Bob Gebert, Brett Luciana Murray

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