Sunday, August 10, 2014

Oculus (2013)

Director: Mike Flanagan. Cast: Karen Gillan, Brenton Thwaites, Katee Sackhoff, Rory Cochrane. 104 min. Rated R. Horror.

An ancient mirror is supposedly the cause of the death of every one of its owners since the past 100 years, and a brother and sister, whose parents were its latest victims, decide to scientifically prove the curse and destroy the mirror. By simultaneous juxtaposition of past and present events during flashbacks, the movie does a splendid job at blurring the line between reality and mirror-induced hallucinations, but then the script plays this hand too frequently, resulting in loss of viewer interest, and the ending is quite predictable far in advance. A little more subtlety would've worked wonders.

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