Monday, 13 January 2014

The Mar Ked Ones

It's the latest in that series of money generating movies that is ever more increasingly becoming an anthology series, even though it's desperately trying to pretend the movies are still connected. Yes, that one.

In this take, a young guy living in an apartment block suddenly gets weird powers, and then turns evil. Yep, that's about it. And you can see it all coming from a mile off. Frankly, I don't know why they even bothered, but that can be applied to the whole series (to which the answer is: the box office already returned nearly four times the cost of the movie, so ka-chinga!). Anyway, as with these movies, there's a slow build up, not a lot happens, then the last struggle to pretend something is going on. Unlike all the other Activities, this one is not set in a house, but goes all over the place. Also it shows up a rather sexist attitude, namely women = victims, men = powerful demons.

This really feels like not an Activity movie, but a rather generic entry in the found-footage paranormal event movies, of which there really are too many. With only token links to the earlier movies, this could easily be considered stand alone, and, moreover, easily be mistaken for any of them. Nothing original happens, and the "new" lore is just more padding on top on an already thin layer of previous continuity. (Although I will give it credit for the ouija board with a Simon game.)

While I suggest skipping this, it seems like enough people have already ensured there'll be another entry yet.


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