'APARTMENT 143': Three Stars (Out of Five)
Another 'Found Footage' haunting movie. This one focuses on a familythat recently lost their wife/mother who's haunted by the unknown, attheir apartment and the house they lived at prior, and the team ofparapsychologists tasked to investigate. It was written by RodrigoCortes (who also directed the claustrophobic thriller 'BURIED') anddirected by rookie feature film director Carles Torrens. It's a Spanishfilm originally titled 'Emergo' but it's spoken all in English withAmerican actors (including Michael O'Keefe of 'CADDYSHACK' fame).There's definitely nothing new or original to the story but the scaresare effective and well done.
The story revolves around Alan White (Kai Lennox) and his daughterCaitlin (Gia Mantegna) and son Benny (Damian Roman) who recently movedin to apartment #143 of an apartment building after experiencingstrange things at their old home. The unusual disturbances continue tohaunt them at their new home and Alan asks a team of threeparapsychologists, lead by Dr. Helzer (O'Keefe), to investigate what'sgoing on. We soon learn that Alan lost his wife in a car accident andhis daughter blames him for it. Helzer and his team constantly witnessthe drama between the two as well as weird occurrences they were toldabout. They're able to catch it all on video (of course) as theinvestigation becomes more and more bizarre.
Like I said there's absolutely nothing unique about this film but it isentertaining if you like spooky films full of shocks. The only problemis you'll soon forget everything as there's nothing memorable to thefilm. That's the thing about movies like this; they're a lot of funwhile you're watching them but don't stay with you at all (I'm sure ayear from now I'll barely remember this film). Still it's better madeand more effective than something like 'PARANORMAL ACTIVITY'. Scarymovie fans looking for a few scares could do a lot worse.
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A team of parapsychologists try to figure out a strange phenomenon occurring in an apartment building.
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The Synopsis for Emergo (2011) 1080p
A parapsychologist team are asked to investigate Apartment 143. The White family, who have lost their wife/mother in a car crash, have been experiencing strange things since they moved in to the apartment. But, they were also experiencing things at their old place. After the team set up their equipment, they get some compelling evidence on camera.
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'APARTMENT 143': Three Stars (Out of Five)
Even though this is a movie based on the recipe of "ParanormalActivity" it builds on the concept of the "found footage" sub-genre,and it takes it one step further. By combining footage of many camerasand points of view this movie is just the right combination of "firstperson witnessing" and actual traditional cinematography. The thingwith this movie, is that even though you can predict the scary momentsbefore they happen, you still get very very scared. This is thebrilliance of this particular genre - and film ! By trapping the viewerin the scene of the "crime", and forcing him to experience first handwhatever the bad "spirit" wishes to "communicate", the viewer isaffected even when he is certain of what is about to happen!. Theacting is nothing special. I think the actors took it abit too far bypretending to be "real people". However, that is not damaging for themovie, since it is not the actors that are important here, but YOU theviewer ! I would recommend this movie to brave horror fans, and thosewho want to make their girlfriends shriek in terror. I would alsorecommend this though, to film students, as this genre has greatpotential!
Apartment 143 gives us a look at a supposedly haunted apartment. Thedifference here is that the scientific investigators are looking forscientific explanations rather than the supernatural. It's a neat idea,but leads to some heavy exposition scenes that betray the found-footageset-up. Perhaps if these had been explained in talking head interviewsit wouldn't seem so clunky and forced. The film does well to have alittle mystery behind it and the cast are generally rather impressive.One of the biggest problems is how quick it wants to start. I don'tfind that these films work without a decent amount of build up. Here,the camera crew walk in and stuff is happening almost immediately. Ialso got tired at the scientists continued explanations of stuff whenit was clear that some of these things were impossible to explain. Somedecent effects and genuine scary parts make this a fine effort, butwith a bit more time and some better pacing this could have been somuch better.