Thursday, December 13, 2012

“Back From Hell” Movie Review

Length: 95 minutes
Rating: NR
Director: Leonardo Araneo
Release Date: 2011

“Back From Hell” tells the story of a group of friends who decide to escape the hustle and bustle of city life for a relaxing vacation in the country. Everyone seems to have a few problems. There's the couple expecting a baby who don't seem happy together. She wants him to grow up and act like a father, while he just wants to have fun with his friends.

All that changes when one of the friends starts acting a little odd. He goes from acting strange to seemingly talking in tongues and just acting like a crazy person. A random priest pops up every now and then, warning them about the weird things going on around them. He seems to have something important that he wants to tell him, but he has a bad habit of starting to talk and then rushing off.

Did I mention that this is one of those found footage films? To keep track of everything that happens, the group decides to film themselves throughout the trip. That might be interesting, but this film just goes to show that not everything needs that type of plot. If your best friend jumped out of a window on the second floor and dashed through the woods, would you really take the time to grab your camera to follow him?

“Back From Hell” also has the kind of ending that will leave viewers wondering what the hell just happened. It pretty much gives the audience a huge middle finger by saying that everything you thought was happening wasn't real. There are two possible explanations for the ending: either the director wanted one film all along and stuck with his original ending, or he really just stopped caring and tacked it on. Either way, I was just glad when it ended. The sad thing is that I watched it with friends while cooking for Thanksgiving dinner and despite doing multiple things at once, I paid more attention to the film than those who were actually watching it!

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