Area 407 7 out of 10
The found footage film is now a genre. The trail was blazed by the overrated and dull Blair Witch project in 1999 3 out of 10 (which was a big financial success--despite sucking) and later by such films as Paranormal Activity --another overrated film (that spawned a successful franchise). This genre got the big budget treatment and good film out of Cloverfield in 2008 where we only got glimpses of the giant Godzilla like monster. This is a low budget version of that style that was actually pretty interesting for what it was. It basically follows this 2 teen girls on a plane flight home for the Holidays that goes terrible wrong. They of course are filming the whole thing which includes a plane crash onto a government test area that happens to have a creature that kills people. This low budget ---don't show you the creature lost footage worked for me in a way that Blair Witch and Paranormal Activity did not. The main problem with Blair Witch was not only did they not show you anything --but there was nothing to hear to scare you as well. Blair Witch 3 out of 10 was so over hyped that when I saw it I almost walked out of the theater it was so bad. This movie had a good use of sound....something that Blair Witch was lacking.... Maybe it was just the fact that I had never heard of the film when I DVR'd it off of Chiller TV....Maybe if this movie had been hyped like both Blair Witch or Paranormal it would have been a dud as well, but I was actually surprised by and enjoyed this movie to a certain extent. I even liked the ending which although it was very predictable---was perfect for the film.