Before I write this review, I want to share with you what was sent to me. I
got this letter from the US Department of Justice. It is a letter asking me for
my assistance in the missing person case of 5 young adults who were reported
missing on January 13th 2009. They were last seen at 23 Muskeegee Road in the town of Woodstock,New York. And
the letter goes on to tell me a videotape was delivered to the FBI, 2 months
later and they transferred the video tape to dvd for me to help them solve this
crime. And this tape they called ” the artifact” is being sent to the critics of
websites and blogs to help with clues and maybe sightings. And that director
Dominic Perez is really a special agent in charge of the missing persons unit
for the FBI.
This found footage film is about the road trip to Aunt Gail’s to not only
celebrate Miriam’s 21st birthday but to just get away. On the way, they
encounter a black van. At first they think the van just wants to pass them by.
But, they soon discover more when the van follows them and ultimately they find
out that the person or persons in the van has a video camera and is filming them
This film was well shot. And for a film like this to work, you have to buy in
to the characters and they have to be likeable. And this film, worked on that
level. There is some really tense moments in this film. There is a scene where a
simple walk thru the woods turns into something eerie, as they get lost and then
they hear noises. Another scene where the person or persons stalking them shut
off all the power, and have night vision and you can see one person in the dark
freaking out trying to get away. The only negatives to this film were in the
last 15 minutes. I just did not like the way the film wrapped up, which I will
not get into. But, I will say this, the film until the 1 hour and 15 minute mark
of a 88 minute film was really good. This film was simple. I know people will
say the woods scene was a rip off of Blair Witch, but to me it still worked. It
is the unseen terror that scares me more than the stuff we see. I give Dominick
so much praise and kudos to his package. I really feel itÂ is the FBI. He did the
dvd up to be like a FBI file and sent me a letter with FBI figurehead. Genius.
As a whole this is a little fun nail biter. This had some fun jump scares. And,
I cannot wait to see what is next.
8 out of 10