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Absence [Blu-ray + DVD]


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Yet Another Found Footage Indie: Likable Enough Performances, But Light On Actual Chills Aug. 8 2013
By K. Harris - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Blu-ray
Utilizing the increasingly popular "found footage" genre that combines elements of the thriller into a faux documentary presentation, "Absence" takes a rather slight story and serves up exactly what you might expect. I suspect that some may absolutely loathe "Absence," and I can understand their frustration. People anticipating a full-on horror show based on how the movie is portrayed in its own marketing material and description will likely be disappointed. There is some creepiness, but this presentation doesn't show you much of anything that will actually scare you. For most of its running time, it is a veritable home movie chronicling the vacation of its three central characters. I actually found the trio passably entertaining, so I didn't mind hanging out with them. But if you're looking for more in-your-face chills, this stays relatively uneventful until its final moments. The action picks up for the conclusion, but it lacked any real element of surprise. It's reasonably well made and the actors are appealing enough. It just lacks impact from a plotting standpoint. You've seen it all before and oftentimes better.

The movie starts with an intriguing premise. A young mother-to-be (Erin Way) awakens one day to discover that she is no longer with child despite having been seven months pregnant. This tease is presented quickly and the movie fast forwards as the woman, her husband (Eric Matheny) and her brother (Ryan Smale) are embarking on a get-away to escape the scrutiny, skepticism, and accusations of the local town people and the authorities. Attempting to keep things light, Smale is filming everything for a school project (a rather thin premise, to be sure, as it requires him to have the camera even at the most harrowing and inopportune moments). As they settle into a rural existence, Way pushes past her trauma, the boys bicker playfully, and Smale even finds a local lady to court. It's all roses and sunshine for our vacationers, but they are still obviously haunted by prior events. Just what happened to the unborn fetus? Increasingly unsettling events start to rock this idyllic paradise and, before all is said and done, the truth will ultimately reveal itself.

Filmmaker Jimmy Loweree has an easy enough touch with the material and the actors. Way is surprisingly effective as a woman on the edge, just getting her footing back only to have it knocked away again. And Smale, who we spend the most time with, has an appealing energy. I found him amusing, thankfully. If you don't like him, the movie is pretty much sunk from the get-go as he is always present in one way or another. In terms of set-up, I'd have liked a bit more of the hostility and suspicion that this woman was faced with at home. We see a brief snippet of it, but it is largely cast off as a joke. In the end, the major revelations were handled efficiently, even if they weren't particularly surprising. Most of the movie, however, is like watching someone else's home movie. 4 Stars for the actors, 3 Stars grading this as a "thriller." I liked "Absence," but it adheres too closely to a formula that I've seen way too often in modern independent cinema. About 3 1/2 stars, I wished the picture had taken more chances. KGHarris, 8/13.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Hidden Gem Sept. 23 2013
By Ryan - Published on Amazon.com
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This movie was surprisingly good. My finance and I both agreed why can't there be more horror movies like this instead of the same, typical run of the mill ones that are present today. This is why I choose Amazon to find this unknown "gems" instead of On-Demand.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Absence is good found-footage for found-footage fans Aug. 13 2013
By Grelber37 - Published on Amazon.com
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Absence is a suspense release that uses the found-footage technique. I give it a mild recommendation for its target audience. A woman is seven-months pregnant; then, her child suddenly disappears from her womb. Then, her family and she disappear into the woods for a vacation after this traumatic event. Much like the Blair Witch Project, viewers see the actors much, much, much more than they see any creatures or special effects in the movie. Much like in Paranormal Activity, scary events happen mostly subtly and on a small-scale. Many found-footage movies have followed this cast-centric approach recently. Perhaps, they do so for budgetary reasons. Absence is the best film of this type that Absence can be. The performances are strong. These actors can act. I was actually very impressed with the main three cast members. The dialogue is witty and realistic. If one seeks good found-footage, Absence exemplifies well-done limited-budget found-footage.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
BORING BORING BORING!!! April 17 2014
By nancylovescoffee - Published on Amazon.com
If I could give it zero stars I would. Most boring movie I have ever seen- kept hoping it would get better, but it did not. The only excitement was literally in the last 30 seconds of the movie.
What a snooze fest, should absolutely not be called a horror movie.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Don't be Absent for this one (yep, that was corny) Sept. 22 2013
By Lavinia - Published on Amazon.com
I enjoyed this . . . At first you may think you are watching some kind of mystery but then weird things happen. Erin Way as Liz is especially good, good at crying. Her brother is somewhat obnoxious but at least he has an explanation for it. I don't do spoilers per se, and you have most likely read the synopsis -- I am just here to tell you whether I liked the movie or not - and I liked this one. I am a sucker for found footage and this is one of the better ones. Some creepy parts, some jumps, decent all-around acting. . . . Yes, I recommend.

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