“Oculus” is a horror film from Relativity Media. It is directed by Mike Flanagan and is set to open in U.S. theatres on April 11, 2014. Its cast members include Brenton Thwaites (Tim Russell), Karen Gillan (Kaylie Russell), Garrett Ryan (Young Tim), Annalie Basso (Young Kaylie), Rory Cochrane (Alan Russell), Katee Sackhoff (Marie Russell) and James Lafferty (Michael Dumont). Read on for the “Oculus” movie review and a brief synopsis of the film.
“Oculus” Film Synopsis:
Beware of mirrors, especially the old ones. A supernatural force might be living there. Meet the Russells. The couple Alan and Marie have two children, Tim and Kaylie. They were a typical family until tragedy has befallen them. The clan moved into a house in the suburbs and bought some decors. Among these decors was a 300-year-old mirror. Alan hung in his office. Soon he was heard talking to a “lady.” Then he started behaving oddly. Marie got worried and this anxiety started to eat her up. The result: dead parents. The one who was blamed for their death was young Tim. He was sent into a mental institution for treatment, while his sister Kaylie was left in the foster home. Kaylie never did move on from the tragedy. She was convinced that her brother did not do it. She knew the mirror did. She got into an auction-house business in search of the mirror. Then, she finally got a hold of it. She did some research and found out the demise of its previous owners.
Tim, now in his 20s, was released from the institution and reunited with his sister. Together, they wanted to uncover the mystery behind their parents’ death. The siblings inherited the house where they both lived together when they were younger. Kaylie documented the mirror’s evil activities using cameras. She even placed plants near the mirror as it is believed to have withered them. Then signs that the mirror’s supernatural force started to occur.
“Oculus” Movie Review:
Although without a consensus yet, Rotten Tomatoes has given the film a 71% rating. The top critics have only good words for the horror movie.
Nick Schager of Village Voice referred to “Oculus” as cleverly executed.
“A cleverly executed mind game that generates scares via structural ingenuity, Oculus suggests a world coming terrifyingly unmoored from its bearings,” wrote Schager in his Village Voice article.
Meanwhile, Hollyood Reporter’s John DeFore praised the movie’s jarring perspectives.
“Enjoyable ghost story makes good use of clashing perspectives,” said DeFore in the Hollywood Reporter page.
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