Coming back with my first review in well over a month, I am ecstatic to restart my column following a viewing of the 2013 Olatunde Osunsanmi (The Fourth Kind, The Cavern) directed and genre-bouncing powerhouse, "Evidence."
A few transitions off from being a simple masterpiece, "Evidence" is exactly the refreshment I have been patiently waiting on from the film making industry for quite some time.
We are all aware of the "home video" centered movie-monsoon we have been hit with, stemming from the instant popularity of "The Blair Witch Project" in 1999 followed by "Colverfield" almost a decade later in 2008.
Since then and all in between there have been some terrible attempts at mastering this side-genre of film, however in the midst of those a gem will reveal itself, and sometimes in a less conventionally executed approach. "Evidence" is that gem.
Revolving around a group of miscellaneous citizens who are sharing a bus with a final destination of Las Vegas, "Evidence" begins with brief visuals and vague dialogue of the aftermath of close to ten brutal murders.
Viewers are then thrust into a CSI type atmosphere where they almost feel a part of the process, watching forensic footage right along with Radha Mitchell (Silent Hill, Pitch Black, Silent Hill: Revelation) & Stephen Moyer (Priest, True Blood) a genius approach in it's own right.
What follows is 94 minutes of wonderfully put together and edited material, often times shocking and frightening. I don't want to go into much detail, but I do want to say that looking back, tedious aspects of these home videos made sense to me when the credits rolled, to where my feelings of irritation and thoughts of "Evidence" being just another "home video" fail were completely erased once it was over.
The entire cast of actors were all solid and apart from some unavoidable cliche's, the script was tightly written by newcomer, John Swetnam. I also completely compliment the entire cast and crew for not going overboard with tasteless humor and extra dialogue, instead giving it a mature feel of pure intensity and terror. There were a few points during "Evidence" where Osunsanmi could have settled down and/or eliminated the revolving/spinning camera, however it did not ruin anything about the film.
All in all, I highly recommend this film to just about anybody. "Evidence" effectively and successfully crossed the genres of Horror, Mystery, Thriller, Crime, Drama & Torture. So if you are a fan of any of those types of films, give this one a shot. I believe that you will be happy with the outcome, just enough of each genre to not over-saturate the next.