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Area 407

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USA  •    •  90m  •    •  Directed by: Dale Fabrigar, Everette Wallin.  •  Starring: Abigail Schrader, Samantha Lester, James Lyons, Melanie Lyons, Brendan Patrick Connor, Ken Garcia, Samantha Sloyan, Everette Wallin, Jude Gerard Prest, Savannah Ward, Michelle Welk, Lauren Fields.  •  Music by: Matt Dahan.
     Two teenagers are flying from New York to Los Angeles on New Years Eve when their plane is hit by extreme turbulence. The relentless weather attack causes panic and fear amongst the passengers until the plane ultimately crashes in a remote government-testing area...

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Area 407 is a movie about fake people superimposed upon a cheap desert set for an interminable amount of time while constantly repeating phrases, using gratuitous, redundant explication, and pretending to be hunted by things they don't seem to know is there, that they can't hear, never see and don't care about.

(Spoiler: the things are supposed to be creatures that are a part of some secret government "genetic experiment," or velociraptors, as some may call them, though the actors don't and never would because it's always so obvious they know they're supposed to be reacting to something that will be added postproduction, but they've not been told what that will be. Any idiot born in this universe would immediately know what to call the creatures, or at least compare them to, from even a momentary, peripheral impression of one. At the VERY least someone would say "dinosaur." All that to say that the second I knew what they were, which was almost the first sound they make, they became uninteresting, because I knew I'd already seen it all before in all the Jurassic parks movies, and done as good as it can be done. We also know, from those movies, the most probable behavior such creatures will display. So, we'll see absolutely nothing knew here.)

Just a couple of other things I would like to say about ALL found footage movies (and to those who make them):

First, today's video equipment, from the most expensive digital cameras to iPhones, will never, ever record video that will fade in and out, blur, pixelate, fuzz-out, freeze-frame or display ANY other type of "interference" pattern just because the user is running with the equipment, waving it about, screaming (or just because there's any kind of loud noise nearby), or because the equipment itself senses that something exciting and dangerous is happening at the time.

To cause some type of interference you'd have to drop the thing on a rock (after which the interference would never resolve), shake it violently, or get it very wet. The one type of display interference, though, that bothers me the most is when the camera suddenly can't hold a steady picture because a monster is nearby. There's usually never any other practical reason presented in the movie for the camera to behave that way, because the user is typically standing very still or just in shock--so no running or shaking the camera, or throwing it or anything. It's the equivalent of the camera getting scared and peeing itself. It's just dumb effects. Please make them stop!

The second thing is that it's completely unnecessary, and painful for us, to hear the actors argue on and on for half the movie about using the video camera to tape what is going on. WE DON'T CARE!! It's not going to matter to us or the story, so just have someone say something like, "we need to record this for posterity," or "our families" or "to make a million on a found footage movie of this experience if we ever get out of this alive, or for our families if we don't." Have everyone else say, "Hey, that's a good idea," AND SHOOT THE DARN MOVIE!!!


Review by patchesalseier from the Internet Movie Database.

 

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