Oculus

Movie review by Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 18+

Outstanding horror flick has gore, children in peril.

R 2014 105 minutes

Parents say

age 15+

Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 14+

Based on 23 reviews

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age 18+

Outstanding direction with decent scary scenes

This title has:

Great role models
Too much violence
age 15+

A surprisingly great, very well-executed horror film that needs more recognition.

Oculus is an ingenious horror-thriller film. The dialogue, especially coming from the young protagonists, is very eloquent and the knowledge they elucidate about the post-traumatic situation that happened to their parents in the past is also quite captivating. Oculus is chalked-full of elaborate plot twists that stem from the mirror's dark influence, making you think if the young protagonist's perspective on every situation is either real or fantasy, or is something else causing it. This movie also makes you a participant in their multiple analogies, which is quite invigorating; therefore, making you self-analyze on their situation. The past, regarding their parents' complicated relationship and how it all came into a calamity after they placed the mirror in the man's office, is quite complex. Oculus is not for the faint-of-heart; Oculus contains graphic, disturbing imagery such as people that fall victim to the mirror's sinister influence, either from horrific accidents or suicide, with blood and gory wounds shown. Two children become embroiled in their parents' scuffle, which eventually escalates into sequences of violence and terror, caused by their parents' insanity due to the mirror's influences. There's also some brief strong language - a few uses of the f-word and other profanity, yet very infrequent. Oculus is a horror-thriller movie that brings something new to the table - no cheap horror movie cliches and brilliant acting. In my opinion, Oculus gives birth to a potentially new saga and genre that hopefully gets a sequel in the near-future. Hope you enjoy the movie!

This title has:

Too much violence

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