It is with a heavy heart that I write this review for you. I finally get some time to go out for a nice night at the movies this past weekend and I leave upset. There were two reasons for this: 1) The obnoxious teenagers talking loudly in front of
us (Nick Newert totally understands how I feel about this) and 2) The movie was a complete waste of $10.50.
The first mistake was going out on opening night of this movie; I should have known it was going to be packed and intolerable. I take partial blame for this. My second mistake was going to the movie itself. We went and saw Paranormal Activity 4, even against my better judgment. Now, this movie wasn’t the worst thing I’ve ever seen, but it’s definitely something I should have waited until it was available for renting.
The movie is the fourth in the series that began as a small budget film. Part of the problem is that the writers/directors of this film have taken this story and driven it completely in the ground, which is the case for most popular franchises.
The film begins where the second one left off (yes, a little confusing) and it mentions that the whereabouts of Hunter and Katie are unknown. If you’re a little behind on the films, Katie is the woman who experiences the haunting in the first movie and Hunter is her nephew.
The Paranormal Activity series did not go in a set order. The first was about Katie and Micah and their experience, the next about Katie’s sister, Kristi and her family’s experience. The third took place when Kristi and Katie were just children, and the fourth… well… the fourth is a completely new family… or so we think it is.
After we learn that Katie (Katie Featherson) and her nephew were never found, the movie then starts following a small suburban family. Alex (Kathryn Newton) is recording her brother Wyatt’s (Aiden Lovekamp) soccer game when she notices a little boy staring blanking into the field. She doesn’t think much of it until later when they’re driving home and she points the young boy out to her mother Holly (Alexondra Lee). The boy turns out to be the neighbor’s child. Later that evening, there are ambulances and cop cars at the neighbor’s place. Holly announces that the neighbor boy, Robbie, will be staying with them a few days while his mother is in the hospital.
Strange things start happening when Robbie comes to stay, like for instance, Wyatt’s toys turn on by themselves or chandeliers fall for no reason. Alex decides to have her friend Ben (Matt Shively) help her set up cameras all around the house. The footage they find is really not all that terrifying and the kid talks to the Xbox (a little nod to Poltergeist). Pretty dull.
The movie picks up when it’s about 75% done, but even then, it didn’t really save it. It moved very slow and tried to use cheap scares to keep the movie interesting (a couple startled me, but the rest were too predictable). My suggestion is to wait until this comes out on DVD, to save yourself the money and if you’re not enjoying it, you can just turn it off. Here’s hoping there’s not a Paranormal Activity 5.
Written by: Katie Sperduti