The Borderlands (2013)

Image result for borderlands movie 2013A group of Vatican investigators are sent to uncover the truth behind an old church where strange events have occurred.

I’m normally not a massive fan of found footage movies, usually because they are ultimately very predictable and a bit boring. However, I actually really liked this one. The only other found footage film I ever liked a similar amount was Grave Encounters a few years ago.

With films that have religion or exorcism and everything in between as their focus, there is always a danger of sliding into the same predictability as any other found footage movie. However, this one somehow bypassed that.

For the first fourty five minutes or so, the film was focused with slowly leading you into its depths. One character, Gray (Robin Hill) works with tech and is cocky towards religion and all it represents, treating it all as a bit of a joke. It is only later in the film that he becomes aware of what actually took place at the church, while on the other hand, Brother Deacon (Gordon Kennedy) sticks resolutely by his faith throughout until the last 1/4 of the film.

The tension is slow burning and there are plenty of legitimate scares within the film without having to resort to massively predictable jump scares. This film is a great example of “show, don’t tell” and the atmosphere gets progressively more stifling until the end. Don’t watch this film if you suffer from extreme claustrophobia.

Ultimately, while I won’t give this film 5*’s, its still a very good film for the found footage genre. Other reviews of it that I had read recommended that the film should be watched with headphones. I didn’t however, because I’m too much of a wuss.

MY RATING: **** / *****


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