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Encounters

Encounters (2014) Movie Poster
Denmark / Sweden  •    •  95m  •    •  Directed by: Anders Johannes Bukh.  •  Starring: Kristian Fjord, Jacob Wagner Guldager, Casper Sloth, Signe Mathilde Sørensen, Claus Vedel.  •  Music by: Anders Johannes Bukh.
      November 18th 2011 a small Danish film crew disappeared in the woods of northern Sweden without a trace. One year later, their footage was leaked by a hacker group now known as Pandoras. This is the crew's unsettling and disturbing footage.

Review:

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Yes, I admit it, I'm a sucker for found-footage, as long as it's been done well. I loved "Blair Witch Project" and "Paranormal Activity", for instance. I had high hopes for this film and in some ways it was pretty good - it had some tension though it could have been scarier. But what disappointed me was that it over-explained, instead of letting the viewer sort it out for him or herself. I like having a puzzle that I need to work out from the clues. This film didn't content itself with clues - it told you explicitly what was happening - where's the fun in that? And that also made for no surprises and no real scares. Overheard conversations and explanatory audio tapes don't leave much to the imagination. Which made the ending credits all the more inexplicable - after being led by the nose through much of the film, I was scanning the clips between the credits trying to work out what was going on. I think I know, but the end result was that I went from being told too much, to something that didn't make a lot of sense.

Review by mary-laking from the Internet Movie Database.