Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones
Why is it that people are so quick to want to see the same story over and over again? This is something that can only be blamed on ourselves. We go to the movies and we’ll watch a story that’s been repeated over and over. I’m not talking about movies about superheroes or something like The Hobbit that tells another quest story. Movies like those get free passes because they manage to take old story scenarios like that and do something different and entertaining. I refer to story elements were all too familiar with. If you’ve seen Avatar, Elysium, or almost every romance comedy, it should be coming back to you.
If not, I’ll be nice. Something like Avatar has that story where the good guy will learn more about his enemy, only to see that their not as evil as they thought and end up taking their side. Honestly, only Dances With Wolves and The Last Samurai were good. What about How to Lose a guy in 10 Days or The Ugly Truth? You know their gonna get together, fight, have a misunderstanding, and somehow make it alright. I’m so sick of this. These movies are made because we somehow keep asking for the same stuff over again. Case in point, Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones.
Remember when Paranormal Activity was a Halloween staple for the past couple of years? It seems that last year, they didn’t make their deadline and had to release it during the slowest period of cinema. And you know what? That would be just fine as I understand that difficulties can push a movie further back and if they had to delay it, it would have been for the right reason. So where is this in the whole timeline? Unlike the previous movies that were prequels and sequels, this is a spinoff, taking place sometime after Paranormal Activity 4.
Instead of having the acting take place in a middle class suburban home, we are now going to the Latino community of South Central Los Angeles. A recent high school graduate Jessie is trying to figure out what to do with himself. He and his friend Arturo like to snoop around their with neighbor in the apartment below. She dies though, and for some reason, the guys decide to make her place as their hangout. They videotape the scene and encounter some more ghosts. This causes Jessie to become possessed by the same spirits from the other Paranormal Activity films and his friends need to see if they can rid him of the creature.
Yeah, you heard that right; Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones is a stereotypical exorcism story. I’ll give the actors credit for at least performing well with material that’s just terrible. I just can’t see how the original producers would somehow agree to take the simple ghost in a house scenario and let it evolve into something that’s just been done to death. Unlike Paranormal Activity 4 (which was also terrible) that had at least one or two good scares, I wasn’t shaken by one fright at all. It was just boring.
One thing story wise I’ll credit on is that there is an attempt to connect this to the others. The teen daughter and maid from Paranormal Activity 2 show up. Theres even a familiar cameo at the end that should have been relieving, but really removes any grounded realism that the others have been trying to pull off. All I can say is that there is an element of time travel involved. That dosen’t even sound like a Paranormal Activity movie. That’s like the gag you’d hear on a Saturday Night Live sketch.
I’ll give this two broken video cameras out of five. The more I think about it, the more that I see that this is a Paranormal Activity movie in name only. This production may have had effort, they should have focused more on the story. Paranormal Activity 5 better go somewhere, otherwise I doubt this will last another Halloween.