Found footage helps a true-crime novelist realize how and why a family was murdered in his new home, though his discoveries put his entire family in the path of a supernatural entity.
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Sinister is rated a 15 for a reason, that is the average audience age it is aimed at. Having gone to see Paranormal Activity a matter of days before, I was looking forward to another good jumpy film. It seemed promising from the synopsis, but as soon as the film opened and I saw the 15 rating, I started to wonder.
In brief I felt that the film was cheesy and obvious, all of the "scary" scenes were exaggerated to the point of laughable, and that is what I spent most of the film doing. The acting was beyond bad, especially from the female lead and the daughter, and I was shocked that Ethan Hawke would take part in something so badly put together, even his acting was unrealistic and awkward, which was very disappointing.
The plot of the film took a while to get going, I can only assume that they were trying to build suspense, however, they spent so much of the film setting the scene, that the part they were building up to was rushed and crammed in at the end. The focus never really got far enough to be worthy of the extended build-up.
The best way I can describe the way the film presented it's "scary" moments, is when early 3D movies came out and movie makers over exaggerated actions to give an obvious 3D effect and you knew it was only added in for that purpose. With Sinister, all of the supposedly jumpy scenes were over-acted and predictable. The shocks were over played and exaggerated to the point of cringe worthy. And then there was the ghost's "scary" makeup, please sack whichever makeup artist or special effects artist that was responsible for the worst and least realistic makeup I have ever seen!
Stanislavsky (theater practitioner) would be rolling in his grave if he saw this film. The only suspension of disbelief that was provided here, was the shock that anyone would have released something so bad. I suppose at least the 15 year olds surrounding us seemed to enjoy it from their OTT screams and feigned shock, that was about as believable as the film.
My advice - IF you do go to see this film, at least get yourself a big tub of popcorn and some pick n' mix, so that your journey was not entirely wasted.