Case 347: Review

Case 347

Dr. Mia Jansen (Maya Stojan) is a psychologist and UFO sceptic. With a small team, Dr. Jansen starts making a documentary about alien abductions and paranormal phenomenon which she believes to be the result of mass hysteria.

Travelling to Phoenix, Arizona, the fated location of Area 51 Dr. Jansen and her team attempt to uncover the truth behind alien abductions once and for all, but when someone comes knocking on their door it leads the documentary down a path that uncovers more of the truth than Dr. Jansen was ready to hear.

Case 347 starts in a very typical way that most found footage movies start. Some text on screen tells the audience that there have been many case files opened due to the Freedom of Information Act and what follows is footage put together to tell the story of case 347.

Any fans of the genre or even those with a passing knowledge of the genre would recognise this cliché straight away. Those that know exactly what to expect will accept this little moment of dramatic licence, and those who balk at such heavy exposition so early on will turn off straight away. The movie itself is up to the expectations of the audience.

Unfortunately, what follows for the most part is a realistic look at a documentary team trying to get to the bottom of an alien abduction case. So realistic in fact that a lot of the time the movie feels boring because there has been so much time and attention put into making the film look and feel authentic, that there has been little thought into making the movie entertaining.

There are a few clichés thrown in to wake up the audience, but they come few and far between because as soon as something paranormal does happen there is a long wait for anything else to happen on the same level. By the end there isn’t any real story here as there is never a clear reason as to why any of it is happening, paranormal or otherwise.

It’s all well and good to have characters in a found footage movie talk to each other without having to explain everything to the audience, but by substituting exposition for cliché, jump scares and a melodramatic finale, all it does is leave the audience in the dark.

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