Invoked (2015)

Directors: Humberto Rosa, Thairon Mendes
Writers: Humberto Rosa (story by), Aaron Gibson (script by)
Writers: Aaron Gibson, Humberto Rosa (story)

I really don’t know where to start with this one, there is just so much wrong with it. I will start by saying that this review is only for the first forty minutes of the film. That’s right, I didn’t even make it to the end, which is actually a first for me. Ok, the director and writer hails from Brazil and it seems he has written/directed/edited/produced a few things over there and runs his own production company (Red Line Films). This appears to be his first English speaking feature.

We follow a group of highly obnoxious college kids (real college kids I think) on a trip out into the middle of nowhere to go to what seems to be an old disused hostel of types (though they have keys for the joint). The guys barely have the maturity level of ten year olds, and the girls…well, while passable to look at I guess could not be anymore stereo-typically ‘helpless females’ if they tried.

Let’s get to the film style. This is a found footage feature, but the shaky cam is beyond bad. I normally don’t mind stuff like this, but after twenty minutes even I was starting to get a headache. Suffer from motion sickness, stay away from this one (in fact, stay away from this garbage regardless). Now, anyone with half a brain (and remember folks, Ireland and specifically County Sligo is not a big place) would maybe set off in the morning to get to your destination right? Not these bozo’s.

They arrive at a lake (which takes them all of four minutes to row across) in the middle of the damn night, then hike (once on an apparent island) to the hostel…where more school-ground humour is to be inflicted upon us. It never got any better and by all accounts from other reviews around the web, I didn’t miss much.

Now, I believe this was filmed in 3 days. It really shows. Secondly, they used an estimated budget of approximately two thousand Euro. This doesn’t show. Quite frankly I’m struggling to figure out where the money went. Maybe on the shopping trip at the start of the film…petrol maybe? Perhaps they bought a new mobile phone to film with on the way? I have no idea. They couldn’t even get a real Ouija board for the film which you can buy for a tenner!

Now in fairness to the people involved, I admire that they are trying to do what they love. But seriously, surely at some point in time, you have to realise and accept, that you’re just plain not very good at it? El Mariachi and Into the Woods are examples of what can be done on a shoestring budget with vision and talent. Blair Witch has a lot to answer for unfortunately…this is one to truly forget folks.


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