Evidence (2012) Found Footage Film Review With Explanation
What's It About?
Evidence is about four friends, led by Ryan, (Ryan McCoy) head out to camp and make a documentary. Brett (Brett Rosenburg) has never camped before and the documentary will be about his experience. Ashley (Ashley Bracken) and Abi (Abigail Richie) come along.
Soon after arriving they see a strange figure while walking. What happens next, Do they stay or do they go?
Quick Film Info
Director: Howie Askins.
Writer: Ryan McCoy.
Release: Straight to DVD in the UK in 2012 followed by USA in April 2014.
Genre: Horror, Found Footage.
Evidence Official Trailer
My Thoughts On The Film
I am always looking for found footage films to watch. This was a little tricky to find, but I eventually tracked it down on (Prime having it the cheapest) and rented it. It’s hard to disappoint me with this style, most of what I have viewed so far has been from an average experience to an exceptional one. Amazon
Evidence starts very slowly, with a very generic first act introducing the 4 friends. Their resistance to the plot of camping and documenting a maiden voyage began to grate on my patience by the time the group reached a campsite. No-one wants to really be there and no-one really wants to take part. Unlike other movies of this type, I found this really strange.
I rarely find any character annoying. I am part of many movie forums and am often surprised at others irritability when it comes to casting. A combination of Brett whining about the camera and Ashley’s mooning of the camera quickly began to cause my forehead to crinkle a little.
Acting-wise, they were fine but by the end, I began to wonder if all their time got spent being fancy and not writing any kind of script. I imagined the script to look a little like this;
Ashley – is being humorous
Brett – doesn’t want the camera pointed at him
Abi – is trying to keep the peace
They arrive at a look-out— everyone gets scared, and so on and so forth.
Then, of course, the camera work itself. Many people I see that comment about found footage, either say it’s a lazy way to make a movie or it makes them suffer motion sickness. As someone who actually suffers motion sickness on everything from jogging machines to boats, I have never found this true. Until now. This is the type of movie that would turn anyone who has ever felt like that to never watch a found footage film again. Lots and lots of lights on lights off, lights on, lights off with some extremely shaky viewing.
About halfway, the general tone shifts where you would expect it to. Then it shifts again. But then it shifts on its head upside-down and does an aerobic somersault. I tried to stay with it but I really do value good story-telling above most things and this just takes a turn that could have worked but wasn’t consistent enough to do it.
The budget these guys had been a tiny $12 000. I feel like if they had just simplified a little, this film would’ve been something really great. Instead, Evidence missed the mark for me, overshot and landed in the far off distant bushes. I’m staying out of spoiler territory here but see below for a spoiler section and explanation in-case you are one that needed one.
I stuck around to the credits and among what looked like computer credits was information I would’ve missed had I not been sitting there wondering why they decided to go the way they did and spend copious amounts of time running towards danger when they would’ve built some nice tense scenes and less running.
I give Evidence 2 vomit inducing cinematographers out of 5
This is a Spoiler Section: Beware
- The camera keeps rolling after dark because it’s the best light source they have.
- In the continuation credits, it explains the area the girls wander into is a medical facility. Used for experimenting on patients.The patients get subjected to a contagion and are now running around either off their heads like the guy we see in the hospital gown or raging zombie-like creatures.
- The monster in the woods is a grown bug-thing we see running across the floor and coming out of a dead pregnant body. The monsters shown more clearly, in the end, have bug-like faces which is why I decided this was correct. I would also assume these monsters were at some point contained a large well-lit containment area where Ashley ends up in the middle being chased and shot at by military personnel. It would also explain why neither girl got fired upon initially. The shooters weren’t shooting at them, they were shooting at other things.
- The military has come in towards the end of a rescue attempt after the experiments have reached failure territory and turned the testing facility into a war zone.
- I can’t explain the horse. But I think it was the scariest part of the entire film. Making the horse turn into a monster instead of zombies running around would’ve made me happier.
The Weird Man
- I can’t explain the weird man who wanders into to the campsite other than to say he probably lived in the woods and was also responsible for writing on the trees. The best explanation I can attribute to him is that he is another plot diversion and escaped from the facility at some point, mad from the sight of it all, lived in the woods and had watched other campers before, writing down things on the trees. Hearing that the group were leaving he wrecked their car by sticking branches in it and putting leaves in the camper. It’s not like he broke anything. He just wanted them to stay.
- In the end, the rescuers wait for the last of the survivors to board any chopper not inundated with either zombies or bug-monsters which could be any or none.
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