“We were doing something great down here. We were gonna change the world. This was only the beginning. Why couldn’t you leave us alone? What harm were we doing down here?”
SYNOPSIS: A news team trails a man as he travels to an undisclosed location to find his missing sister. Upon entering “Eden Parish” and meeting the community’s leader, it becomes apparent to the newcomers that this paradise may not be as it seems.- via IMDB
This is just another one of the found footage films I have seen recently. This came in highly recommended by Eric of The IPC (incidentally, Chop, I am starting to wonder if you have some secretive found footage fetish or something). Aside from that, nothing fresh or new or anything like that (again). Albeit that it is pretty formulaic and all, it was shot very well, and there was a lot of attention to detail… with the exception of the scene with the handcuffs and the chair which springs to mind. Some things missed the mark a little, and it was a slow burn (which is really not a problem for me). The pacing was alright, I was never stone bored or anything like that. The movie definitely conveyed that cult feeling, and cannot be faulted for that. It was entertaining and well shot, but it feels as though Ti West may have been wasting his talents here, jumping into the found footage fountain. The acting was decent, the cast alright, and Gene Jones was excellent as Father. Watching A.J. Bowen and Joe Swanberg getting along so well was pretty entertaining for me seeing as how they hated each other in You’re Next (2013). Definitely worth checking out at least once if you have not done so already.