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Movie Review – Oculus (2013)

Oculus (2013)
Stars: Karen Gillan; Brenton Thwaites; Katee Sackhoff
Directed By: Mike Flanagan
IMDB Rating: 6.8
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Plot: A woman tries to exonerate her brother, who was convicted of murder, by proving that the crime was committed by a supernatural phenomenon.

Review: I love movies… Plan and simple. Good ones, bad ones and ones that are superb. “Oculus” comes in as a decent winner that I would watch again. I will admit that with the parallel storyline it did take me a little while to catch on to what was going on, but when I did I am glad I watched this to the very end.

I have been a fan of Karen Gillan since I saw her in Dr Who, and in this film she certainly shows how much of an up and coming bankable actor she is.

The story centers on the two main characters, Kaylie & Tim Russell (Karen Gillan & Brenton Thwaites), and the events that took place in the Russell household 11 years before. Tim has recently been released from a mental institution where he spent most of his younger years after being part of a family tragedy. Only hours after being removed from the hospital, Kaylie convinces Tim that a mirror procured and displayed at the Russell household was the cause of their violent childhood. As their night alone with the mirror draws along, Kaylie and Tim soon learn that the mirror is still a dominant force and their attempts at destroying it soon become a race for their own survival, as they try to distinguish between what is reality and what is an illusion.

Good horror films are few and far between, and this relatively low budget film (reportedly done for $5Million) certainly lived up to the hype I have heard.

If you have not watched in, then grab the popcorn, turn off the lights and watch it.. You wont look at mirrors the same way again 🙂

Rating: 8 out of 10



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