Oculus (2013) Movie Review

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Oculus (2013)

2013 | R | Horror, Mystery
104 minutes / 1h 44min

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Oculus Plot Synopsis:

The twenty-one-year-old Timothy "Tim" Allen Russell is discharged from a mental institution by his psychiatric Dr. Shawn Graham completely healed from a childhood trauma where his father purportedly tortured and killed his mother before being killed himself by Tim. His sister Kaylie welcomes him in the parking area and brings him home. Then she tells that they need to destroy an ancient mirror that she has found through working at an auction house. She then steals the mirror and the reluctant Tim follows his sister and has fragmented recollections from their childhood, going back to when his father Alan buys a mirror for the home office of their new family home. Kaylie and Tim see a woman with their father in his office and the behaviors of Alan and Marie change, ending in a family tragedy. Kaylie blames the mirror and now she wants to destroy it with Tim. Will they succeed?

Oculus (2013) Review

Director Mike Flanagan (Absentia, Ghosts of Hamilton Street, Somnia) did a good job with directing Oculus (2013) in Mobile and Fairhope Alabama. It seems like he did not have much to work with so I give him credit for the scare factors. Oculus has little gore, some violence, some frightening scenes that may scare younger viewers and it had little to mild bad language. This movie is full of unpredictable suspense, action scenes and a few jump out of your seat scares.

Tim Russell (Brenton Thwaites - Gods of Egypt, The Giver, Maleficent) and Kaylie Russell (Karen Gillan - Guardians of the Galaxy, The List, New Town Killers) are siblings who witnessed a deadly tragedy eleven years ago that had a fatal outcome for their family. Tim’s father Alan (Rory Cochrane - Parkland, Argo, Public Enemies) killed his wife Marie (Katee Sackhoff - Untitled Adi Shankar Project, Tell, Riddick) and Tim killed his father in self defense to save his life and his sisters’ life. Tim was 10 years old at the time and became fragile because he could not handle what he did and saw so he was sent to a mental institution.

Tim got released from the institution several years later and his sister Kaylie tries to convince him to revisit the past that can be fatal to him. Kaylie tries to convince Tim that an antique mirror their father had bought for his office is the reason/cause for their violent childhood and result of their family. Kaylie believes that the mirror is from three hundred years ago and causes chaos and death in one’s household because it is possessed by a demonic force/entity. Tim and Kaylie tries to call out the demonic entity from the unique mirror and quickly learns that the mirror is very powerful. They soon began to fight to save their own lives.

This movie does jump between the past and present fluidly but may confuse some individuals but this is done two create a fluid narrative aspect to the past events. It all made sense in the end. The scare factors, thrills and suspense added to the score of a 8. If you love horror movies that has a storyline that switches between the present and past numerous times then this is the movie for you. I will not watch this movie again though but it was a good horror movie and perhaps one of the best horror movies of 2014 so far.

  • Oculus Rating Scores
  • Our Score: 8
  • Overall Score: 7.13
  • IMDB: 6.5
  • MetaCritic: 6.1
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 7.4

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About Oculus 2013

Title: Oculus
Year: 2013
Runtime: 104 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Mystery
Score: 4 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 3.57/5 stars from 103,472 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 103,472
MPAA Rating: R
Oculus Cast Starring: Brenton Thwaites, Katee Sackhoff, Garrett Ryan, Karen Gillan, Bennett Wayne Dean Sr., Jack Teague, Brett Murray, Kate Siegel, Brett Luciana Murray, Courtney Bell, Rory Cochrane, Annalise Basso, Miguel Sandoval, Ashley Bonds, Justin Gordon, Doris Dean, Bob Gebert, Ginger McNamara, Catherine Parker, Elisa Victoria, Dave Levine, Skye L. Johnson, Stephanie Minter, Lesa Johnson, Marc D. Evans, Allison Boyd, James Lafferty, James Flanagan, Alexandra Beer, Marc Evans
Oculus Writers: Mike Flanagan, Jeff Howard
Oculus Director: Mike Flanagan
Production: Relativity Media
Website: http://oculus2014.com/
Language: English
Country: USA