|Jason Blumhouse has had a very mixed track record with me lately. From the good (Unfriended) to the unwatchable (The Gallows), So when I heard that he was teaming up with Mark Duplass again (See mini review for the atrocious Lazarus Effect) I was pretty hesitant. Its release went straight to streaming and embodies the phrase “pretty good for Netflix”. The movie follows an average joe named Aaron who is a down and out videographer who answers a Craigslist ad. Things get strange right away and Josef (Duplass) explains that he is dying and wants to make a video for his unborn child. Situations escalate quickly and then unravel into the well-worn territory of found footage tropes.
Where this film excels is acting and I think that the improvisational style works well in found footage. Mark Duplass is really good and seems natural in his role. There is just something about his charisma that makes his performance believable. Dont get me wrong, this is just your average found footage movie that comes out every week. But, the two leads are good and I am interested to see where the sequels go.