31 October 2018 | kannibalcorpsegrinder
Underwhelming if still somewhat decent home invasion effort
After a series of strange incidents, a family trying to couple with their own emotional problems finds themselves suddenly being stalked by a group of psychopaths targeting them for an illegal webcam stream hoping to watch them kill each other and forces them to fight back to get out alive.
For the most part, this one was quite disappointing overall. One of the only enjoyable aspects of this one is the fact that the relentless nature of attacks here offers some nice relief to the overall film. The first impression of the intruders lurking around the outside of the house waiting for them to get to the point of their invasion starts this going nicely, waiting around for a time to strike that adds some suspense before it turns on the incredibly fun final half where it's based around the continuous chasing that goes on around the house. There's a nice brutality to these scenes as there's a lot to like with the idea of them fighting off the intruders appearing around the various rooms in the house. With the inclusion of various tricks and tactics that are used to make them seem even crueler and a great use of the found-footage setup utilized throughout the entire last half, this is a somewhat fun and frantic aspect than it really should've been. However, there's still a lot more flaws to be found here. What really undoes this is the bland and utterly unappealing first half that deals with the family drama sections that don't give this one all that interesting a starting point. The family drama with them being involved with the shifting dynamics and trying to adapt to how that's affecting them doesn't get interesting at all, and instead just wastes far too much time before they're onto the idea of the invasion that it's not that interesting the longer it goes on. There's also nothing here about what the actual point of the game really is since the whole thing goes on for so long before they realize what's going on that there's nothing to say about the point of what the aim is for the whole endeavor which isn't aided at all by the fact that there's no possible way the house could've been set up with the camera and plans they embark on here. Having the cameras set up in the manner done here, not just having the usual cameras placed over the various rooms and hallways but to see them set it up inside microwave screens, utensils or inside other objects just makes sense as to how it could've been set up without their knowledge and more importantly to have not noticed them for as long into the night as they do which is the really unrealistic part. The overall concept of their plan requires way too much freak occurrences to play out the way this does to where they have the whole house rigged up with devices and special obstructions to force them to do what they want to where they continually run into them whenever they want, making this feel quite contrived and ludicrous that really sticks out here. The last issue here is the absolutely ridiculous setups that are featured here which are based entirely around the lame inability to recognize what's going on and to just continually throw themselves into cliche or utterly unrealistic scenes which are what keeps this one going as the situations here are quite exaggerated and pretty frustrating. Coupled with the lackluster finale that sets up a sequel for no reason, these here are what end up holding this one back.
Rated R: Graphic Violence and Graphic Language.