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Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones takes place in June 2012, following on from Paranormal Activity 4. It is centred around a Hispanic community in Oxnard, California, where a bunch of teenagers discover that one of them isn’t all he seems to be..
He is “marked”
The teenagers document the bizarre experiences that take place on camera.
Most people know the basic premise of Paranormal Activity, so this review won’t be going into much detail. I will state for the record, that this spin-off should have been left as an idea on paper – not produced. It was boring, tedious and made me jump in no more than two places.
I love the first, second and third movies. Number 4 was bordering on ridiculous (the main scene which stood out for me was the kids dancing like idiots in the living room and making the cinema audience laugh) But number 5.. absolutely no need for it – rather like the Home Alone series; I sat staring at the screen thinking, “why couldn’t they just leave it at 3?”
The good thing about Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones, is the fact it explains the unexplained scenes from previous movies. Remember the final scene of number 1 where Katie goes downstairs and screams “MIKA!!” very loudly – before there is a loud bang?..
we find out exactly what happened down there (before she threw him at the camera) – and it involves time travel. Yes – time travel. Bizarre.
This movie hardly made me jump at all. Which is what I love a movie to do, especially given the genre. So if you’re expecting frights galore, you’re in the wrong movie. And here are moments that only just pass for ‘tense’. This was one of those movies where there were about 8 of us in the entire auditorium, and 3 or 4 people were chatting away as if they were unimpressed / uninterested. Yes, its one of those.
I would strongly advise not to pay to see this movie. Don’t even pay to rent it. Just wait until they show it on TV (if they can be bothered to) – it really is not worth seeing.
Paranormal Activity 1, 2 & 3 – brilliant.
4 & 5… why?