Action / Drama / Horror / Thriller
Action / Drama / Horror / Thriller
A young couple moves to the woods and soon finds their nightmares and reality colliding.
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Highly pretentious but somewhat out of the genre's mainstream lines
I have mixed feelings about this found-footage-esque experimental
drama-horror film. On the down side, it often blurs the lines between a
nightmare and real happening horror, which is disturbing at times. I
didn't get really tense in the moments I should've because It kept me
asking whether it's just in their minds or really occurring and it got
worse towards the end. Also the fact that it has a very ridiculous
beginning with soundtrack and all..very unappealing. On the up side,
there are some decently creepy moments and it does get more sinister as
it progresses. It doesn't follow the general lines of other same
category movies, and does a good job on the overall level. The couple,
when together, is sometimes idiotic and unconvincing, but separately
they make pretty satisfying performances. Still, it has some flaws
regarding the title's mysteriously sinister character and about the
origins and aspect of the entities that manifest through out the whole
film. The main issue,for me I guess, remains that it tries too hard to
be stylish and artistic, also making the movie too deep for what it
really wants. The surreal manages to scare away the horror. The last
part of the movie is messy and very little frightening. Disappointment
is the major mood this film induces. Still, I give it a 6 for the
Interesting and entertaining but not quiet a great film
I am writing this after watching Mr Jones. I don't write many reviews,
only about a dozen in a few years and only when something really
interests me. Mr Jones falls into this category.
To begin with I found the introduction a little thin. A guy wants to
create a nature documentary so uproots his life and with his girlfriend
they go into some rural wilderness. So lets assume that they have the
money to do this.... then what? There is no mention of a pending deal
with a film distributer, and from what I can tell the 'wilderness' is
not really wild; there is hardly anything that warrants a nature doco.
And his girlfriend Penny is really going to put of her photography
dreams for this!? As I said, thin.
We learn that the Scott is on 'meds' which he decides he doesn't want
to take while out there, which causes him to become sullen and lazy,
and his documentary falters.... until one day whilst filming some one
dressed in what looks like black robes takes his bag and runs off. Does
Scott chase him? Sure, but he has to get his girlfriend first! Together
they break into the house of this person who after looking at some of
his 'art' Penny identifies (without a doubt) that the person is the
infamous and illusive Mr Jones, an mysterious artist from the 70's who
created dozens of pieces and mails them to different people around the
Of course Scott believes her and takes off for NYC to interview a
number of people with some knowledge of Mr Jones. Must be great being
rich! Of course he leaves Penny there alone. I know I would knowing
there is a strange man wondering around who makes strange 'art' and has
already stolen from them, and knows they were in his basement.
From here the movie turns. The best way to describe it would be to
possess the body of some one having an acid trip. Though experiences
and those of others it is expressed that the art are Totems or
Talismans and for some reason the characters who are sent the art start
experiencing bizarre images and dreams. Wont say more as it would give
away to much. The best comparison would be yellowbrickroad.
Premise aside the movie is quiet decent. The character of Penny is much
easier to watch and care for then Scott who comes across as a
pretentious selfish prat. The tone and atmosphere presented is very
successful and I was brought into the movie. The overall direction is
convoluted and a straight out film may have worked better then the
handycam nonsense that hasn't worked for me since the The Last Exorcist
(though Paranormal Activity 5 is a guilty pleasure).
Overall I give this film a 6.
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Not as good as I hoped it would be
Mr. Jones is a relatively fresh take on the found footage format, with an intriguing premise which involves the occult and has a Lovecraftian vibe to it.
As a horror fan, I was at least hoping for something interesting, if not scary ('cause I think found footage films lost their touch a while ago). Unfortunately, the film fails to provide any thrills throughout its brief running time, and ends up being very annoying (especially in its second half).
Mr. Jones himself is probably the most interesting aspect of the film, and manages to build up a bit of tension with his appearance, but whenever he goes offscreen we're back to a flat, suspense-free movie. Both of the main characters were okay and acted quite well, but they were given very little backstory, thus ending up being unsympathetic. But hey, at least they weren't screaming all the time...
Another good thing about the movie is its somewhat captivating first half which is presented as a documentary about nature (though switches its main subject to mr. Jones when the main characters become aware of his presence). But the second half betrays its found footage format and turns into a trippy, nightmarish mess. It's an unwelcome change of pace because it tries too hard to scare and fails.
Anyway, if you're planning on watching it, lower your expectations considerably or you will be disappointed. If you don't like found footage horror films, or trippy experiences, then I suggest you skip it.