Paranormal is filmed in the same vein as The Blair Witch Project, a rambling style first person with a home camcorder. Producing a movie this way keeps costs down and does away with any focused direction, screenwriting, and other nuisances associated with creating a polished movie.
The movie opens with a high school graduation ceremony. A young Latino gentleman named Jesse receives his high school diploma. A celebration follows at the apartment complex where Jesse lives. Jesse shares some Sauza tequila with grandma and they get drunk together. The day afterwards Jesse and his friend Hector are doing stupid stuff at the complex and playing with Jesse’s new camcorder. Egged on by his buddy Hector Jesse slaloms down the apartment complex concrete steps in a laundry basket with the camcorder attached.
Jesse gets some raspberries on his knees and elbows and Hector laughs at him for being an idiot.
Later on that night Jesse and his buddy Hector are in Jesse’s bedroom. Strange noises can be heard coming through an adjoining ventilation shaft between the two apartments. Jesse and Hector have a brain fart and decide to lower the camcorder on a string to the bottom of the ventilation shaft to see what they can see. Jubilation breaks out as they spy a naked woman in the adjoining apartment participating in some sort of Satanic ritual with a naked man.
From here on out the movie cuts between scenes simply by shutting the camera off. Somehow Jesse winds up getting possessed with a demon. It is not clear why. The only revelation the audience is given is through an old Simon Says electronic toy that has suddenly become an Ouija board. Several scenes throughout the movie show Jesse and his girlfriend playing cards and consulting with the toy that has become an Ouija board.
From here on out the movie sort of rambles around in no particular order. A few short sentences follow to describe the movie between the camera going on and off. Jesse sees someone that is supposed to dead. Hector and Jesse’s girlfriend visit a couple of guys that have guns and stuff and know about the cult. Jesse discovers he can fall backwards and levitate at a 45 degree angle. Hector tries it and gets the wind knocked out of him. Jesse and Hector go to a neighborhood party to drink and try to get laid. Jesse goes to the spooky abandoned apartment where he saw the dead guy and almost has sex with his one night wonder from the party. They discover a trap door in the floor of the apartment and decide to check it out. Somehow they get distracted from having sex. They see scary stuff in the basement. Jesse goes home the next day and pulls black string out of his nose and eyes. Jesse’s grandma gets worried and consults with a Mexican shaman for advice. Jesse gets weird. Jesse levitates his pet chihuahua on his bedroom ceiling. Jesse blows up an air mattress with Hector laying on in one superhuman puff.
Jesse does a couple of other superhuman stunts. Grandma tries to rub three eggs on Jesse and make the sign of the cross in hopes the demon will go away. Jesse gets weird again. Hector and Jesse’s girlfriend decide it’s time to go to the police. Jesse appears out of nowhere and then reappears. Jesse’s girlfriend lays him out with an iron pipe. Hector and Jesse’s girlfriend get the neighbors with guns that know about the Satanic cult to help out.
If you are not confused yet you will be.
The scariest thing about this movie is how $9 leaves your wallet and you sit through an hour and 40 something minutes of crap trying to decide if it was better to stay home and watch Youtube.
I recently went to the movies and saw Elysium, a sci-fi movie set in distant future of 2145, the movie stars Matt Damon. Matt Damon plays Max, an ex-con trying to get back into the mainstream of society on an overpopulated, diseased, and impoverished Earth.
In the beginning of the movie we get brief glimpse of Max as a child. We are also introduced to his childhood sweetheart that dreams of living on Elysium. During the flashback introduction we find out that Max is told by a nun that he will fulfill a special purpose in his adult life.
The movie then shifts to Max’s adult life where find out he’s trying to reform his life after being released from prison. Max is working a blue collar job at a factory that assembles android police that protect and control the populace on earth. There are hints of a draconian new world order here as we see Max going to a morning shift and being shaken down by two android that want to see the content of a backpack that he is wearing before he boards a bus to work.
Max gets injured by the robot police and has to appear before robot magistrate that warns him of parole violation. Max then visits the local infirmary and discovers his childhood sweetheart is working as a nurse there.
Max finally arrives at work and he is operating a machine that partially assembled androids are loaded into and hardened with a dose of radiation. The machine jams and his supervisor asks him what is wrong. The supervisor demands that Max enter the machine and fix the jam or get fired. Max enters the machine and gets trapped inside and is exposed to a fatal dose of radiation. The machine alarms and another android approaches the machine and releases the door. The android grabs Max’s limp body and drags it into an infirmary. The android ask Max to sign a medical release and dispenses him a bottle of pills and announces that he has received a lethal dose of radiation and has five days to live. The robot thanks him for his service and leaves.
Later Max returns home after being discharged from his job. Max realizes he only has a short time to live.
Max hooks up with some ex-prison buddies that belong to an organization that are the current day freedom fights,think Che Guevara minus Fidel Castro. It’s interesting to note that all this take place in Los Angeles and there is a lot of Spanish being thrown around. Max accepts a mission from the freedom fighters in exchange for having his life lengthened and receiving an android exoskeleton that will enable to kidnap the CEO of the company that fired him and sentenced him to death sentence by an on-the-job injury. Our Che Guevara like leader wants the data out of the CEO’s head so he can reboot Elysium’s core computer and make all of earth’s populace citizens of Elysium. I won’t reveal the rest of the movie of to you because there is an interesting twist and somewhat of propaganda message in the last five minutes of the movie that I’ll leave up to you to interpret. Elysium is rated R with mild robot violence and hydraulic fluid gore.