Review: Oculus

A 'Mirror' Disappointment

Oculus is about a brother and sister who had a horrifying experience in their past involving the deaths of their parents and a mysterious mirror.  Now that they are older, they take matters into their own hands to try and destroy the mirror.

In theory this movie sounded like it was going to be a great scare-fest. Unfortunately theories aren’t fact and Oculus disappointed on many levels.

There were a few moments that were scare-worthy and jump inducing but because of the amount of unanswered questions, this potentially good movie fell flat.

Some questions that I did not discover the answer to:

-Where did the mirror come from?

-Why did the mirror want to possess and murder people?

-Who was behind the mirror? Demons, witchcraft?

Those questions alone would have made for a better storyline and understanding of what was really going on.

Spoiler ahead

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[toggle title=”Question about the ending.”]The brother was responsible for the death of his sister I get that, but in the end there really wasn’t anything that could have been done. The mirror not only possessed people but it also completely distorted reality. So if there was any chance of the siblings fighting back, they wouldn’t have known to. Did the brother kill the whole family and that is how he remembered it from the beginning or did the mirror just do everything?[/toggle]
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There was nothing overtly demonic or scary about this movie. There was some gore and violence, but because the villain was not explained it didn’t seem like it was a real threat. Some movies I walk away from scared, and I like scary movies, but with Oculus I walked away confused and frustrated.

[jumbotron heading=”Did you watch Oculus?”]Can you explain anything about what I didn’t understand? Sound off in the comments.[/jumbotron]

Positives

Karen Gillan from Dr. Who and Katee Sackhoff from Battlestar Galactica are main characters. A few moments to make you jump.

Negatives

Unexplained background in the storyline. Too many questions not answered. Gore and death. Movie ends abruptly.

The Bottom Line

Oculus is good in theory but not well done from a storyline standpoint.

 

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Drew Koehler

Founder and writer for Geeks Under Grace. Christian, Husband, Father, Sailor and Geek!

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