Review: Oculus

Do not underestimate how much a mirror can f*ck your sh*t up. In this terrifyingly-trippy thriller, brilliantly directed by Mike Flanagan, you are in for a 100 minutes of suspense, shock and delightful terror. Ten years after Tim (Brenton Thwaites) is wrongly accused of killing his Father, he is realised from a mental asylum and keen to move on with his life. But his sister Kaylie, spending her life going through different foster homes and teased heavily for her father going mental (children can be cruel) has other plans for him. While Tim has been in the crazy house Kaylie has tracked down the haunted mirror which drove their parents insane and makes a plan for the both of them to kill it, whatever it may be.

Once the wheels get turning in this film the action the unbelievable. Returning to their old house in order to break the mirror, Kaylie's rather unconvincing monologue reveals spine-chilling information about the previous owners, which is rather intriguing in itself. With numerous cameras, timers set to go off at different times, you can't help but question is anything really scary actually going to happen.

The answer is yes! What starts off as slow and a little dreadful leads into a psychological and supernatural thriller which has your eyes glued to the screen and your heart going 90. The plot constantly switches between the present and the past, paralleling the build up of suspense until you officially have no clue what is or isn't reality. What I loved was how this movie got into my head and scrambled my brain, I found myself being tricked and shocked by the mirror. In result, if you're a fan of movies like Insidious and Sinister then give I'd definitely give it a go.



Catherine Munnelly
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Catherine Munnelly is a colourfully-haired UCD graduate with a degree in reading books. A pint-sized bundle of wisdom, she has mastered the game of Flip-Cup, enjoys the company of bearded-men and despises rude people. When she's not writing or talking about her dog, you'll find her wandering around Europe telling folk that Leprechauns exist and Bono's her uncle.

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