The Visit (2015)

I should just shoot myself. I swore off of Found Footage films, and here I found myself watching one. After all, it's a horror movie that was written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan. Yes, he has really produced some stinkers recently, but this is well within his wheelhouse, isn't it? I didn't actually know that this was found footage-style before I watched it, and I may not have exposed myself to it. What a wonderful world that might be.

Olivia DeJonge and Ed Oxenbould play a young brother and sister who get sent by their mother, Kathryn Hahn, to spend a visit with her estranged parents, played by Deanna Dunagan (Nana) and Peter McRobbie (pop pop). The old couple show all the signs of creeping dementia, and this is off-putting for the kids, as you may understand. It's clear that they are keeping a lot of secrets from the kids, and there is a growing concern that they have sinister plans.

The story is kind of tired and done over and over, so let's skip to the technical aspects of this movie. First off, the camerawork: this is some crappy camerawork. It is terrible from the perspective of good movie camerawork, as you might expect a found footage movie to be, but this is even worse, as there isn't some excuse for the movie to be shot with better-than average cameras or something, so the explanation as to why the cameras are so steady and don't move the way that kids would hold cameras makes no sense at all.

What excellent framing! 
The audio of this movie is either as good or as terrible as the film makers wanted it to be. We hear things we should hear, even when the microphone on the camera couldn't possibly pick it up. We hear a mix of audio pretty much all the time. Slight whispers can be heard at distance when the script calls for it, and we can't hear anything when M. Night doesn't want us to.

The movie is at least paced pretty well. And the lighting wasn't bad for most of it. That's about it.

Editing was bad
Direction was an abominable mess
Story was tired and terrible
Acting was not good
Dialogue was excessively bad

Bottom Line: Not only will I not watch another found footage film, but I also won't watch another M. Night Shyamalan movie.



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