Written by: Matt Molgaard
Steve Stone’s found footage flick Entity has part of the proper foundation to provide chills in abundance. The cast is adequate and relatively diverse, there are some appealing filming locations and there aren’t a bunch of miserable looking, elongated, CGI ghouls popping up on stationary cams every five minutes. All positives that I can stand behind. However, when you really dissect things, there are more than enough cons with the picture to negate the pros. First off, the concept for the flick is as weather trodden as they come; the general idea has been used to the point of exhaustion. Given that fact, it shouldn’t surprise anyone that Entity is unbelievably predictable (at this point, I expect filmmakers to attempt to infuse some wild twists in found footage pics if they hope to create something noteworthy), but even worse off, and the real final nail in the coffin is the lack of the simple “it” factor. Whatever “it” is, it’s missing. There’s no pulse in the picture. There’s no one element that pops from the flick and seizes the attention. It’s simply not there to be found.
The story is run-of-the-mill stuff. A group of 30-somethings with cameras visit a mysterious location where a mass load of human bodies were unearthed. Turns out those bodies belonged to a bunch of human experiments who were being subjected to tests that will feel very familiar. I won’t spill every detail, or outright mute any potential twists. It won’t likely matter, regardless. If you’ve been paying attention to found footage films, you’ve already seen this one, more than once, shot under a few different names. Expect some paranormal intervention as the movie progresses. Expect most, if not all to meet horrible deaths (obviously). Expect some government brouhaha from the script. Except some inside deception/corruption. You’ve seen it. Seriously.
I’ve been pulling for the found footage genre as of late. Every movie shot in handi-cam fashion is a movie that I’ve really cheered for, crossing my fingers and hoping for the best as the subgenre has quickly become rather stale. Simply put, lately, just about every last one has proven disappointing. Entity (not to be confused with the genuinely eerie Sidney J. Furie pic, The Entity – though I’d highly recommend that particular feature) keeps the poor trend alive. Technically, Entity isn’t any kind of disaster, but at the end of the day, it’s just not very entertaining. It’s flat from the jump, and never experiences a shift or noticeable upswing. It’s one note through and through, and that note isn’t exactly stimulating.