A team of three parapsychologists go to investigate an apartment where a father lives with his stroppy teenage daughter and cutesy 4-year-old son. A series of unexplained found-footage ghost movie cliches have been occurring since the mother's death, and appear to have followed the family from their previous home to the new one. The investigators are there to film absolutely everything, of course, with equipment so futuristic and state-of-the-art that some of it has to be pixellated out on our screens. Wow.
When the investigators do find startling evidence of the paranormal, they seem strangely indifferent about it. After capturing a clear photographic image of a ghost, they decide to go to bed and look at it better in the morning. Then never mention it again. Likewise, scenes of fast-moving ghostly activity suddenly cut to them calmly having breakfast the next morning as if nothing special has happened. This took the energy out of the scenes, and left me feeling completely underwhelmed about them.
Found footage ghost movies are a tired sub-genre and ten-a-penny, so in order to stand out from the crowd a film needs to offer something 'different' to the others. The main 'difference' here, is that it's a horror film with no atmosphere, no scares, and no interesting characters. It could also be seen as a bit offensive towards certain mental health conditions. There are a few scenes of dramatic, poltergeist-like activity, which include some decent special effects. But rather than being genuinely creepy, they try too hard to scare the audience by just being very, very loud. A couple of jump-scares come up, but are predictable and lack tension. The main story isn't particularly interesting, though it does pick up a little when family secrets start to surface (showing us some great acting from Kai Lennox as the father) but sadly it's not enough to save the rest of the film.
A good, effective horror film should make the viewer experience a range of strong emotions. Unfortunately the main things I experienced were disappointment and annoyance. If you didn't think Paranormal Activity was all that good, you should watch this. It'll make Paranormal Activity seem like a modern classic. 1/5