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Since the first movie, Paranormal Activity made ​​success on the aesthetic proposal of cameras filming what was happening in “real time”, as if what the character sees himself. Time passed, new movies were released, more advanced technologies have enabled brief changes could be inserted, such as the use of cameras on a laptop (Paranormal Activity 4) and the small GoPro, portable camera that is one of the stars of the new movie. Anyway, the basic structure of the series was never changed. Anyone who watched any of his movies, can get a good idea of ​​what’s to come in the other.

Given this finding, ‘Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones‘ tries to renew the franchise, exploring a different reality from the previous movies, while staying true to the chronology of the series as a whole. The focus this time is on Jesse (Andrew Jacobs), who just turned 18. But Mexican family living in the United States, he leads a typical life of young men of his age and social class, with the right of excitement in the opposite sex and all sorts of nonsense – there’s even a “moment Jackass” within the movie. Amidst this new reality – for the franchise – an old acquaintance is presented: the demon that plagued both the sisters Katie and Kristi , as well as the enigmatic clan midwives. It is precisely here that the movie gains momentum.

As much as follow a schematic structure, well known by anyone who watched the previous movies in the series, ‘Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones’ brings some fun news – as is usual in the franchise. If at ‘Paranormal Activity 3‘  the trump card was the camera attached to a ventilator and in the fourth movie, the Kinect attracted attention, thanks to the visual effect explored within the story, who is highlighted here is the good old Genius, used like a ouija board. GoPro itself brings a new dynamic, allowing the camera does not stay all the time in the hands of its bearer. Are these details, together with the new reality presented, which give a certain freshness to the formula already exploited to exhaustion. This combined with the intriguing connections with the chronology of the franchise, which are a joy to those who enjoy the series as a whole.

‘Paranormal Activity: The Marked’ Ones is a movie that entertains and also excites the curiosity, thanks to some explanations around the clan of midwives and a novelty somewhat surprising – and also risky for the future of the franchise. For those who enjoy the Paranormal Activity series, is a highly recommended movie. To others, you can also have fun with the typical sequences of suspense exploring the expectation of what is to come and also with Arturo (Richard Cabral), the essential participation – and amusing – the outcome of the movie. Another highlight is the scene where Jesse and his best friend, Hector (Jorge Diaz), follow the comments of one of his videos on YouTube. Opinions about the rough effects, which could have been made ​​into a homemade computer program, are the biggest example of this is a movie without great pretensions, who bears a blatant manner, their own limitations and still plays with them.

Director: Christopher B. Landon
Stars: Andrew Jacobs, Jorge Diaz, Gabrielle Walsh

3.5/5 – Good

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This post was written by Jeff H.

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