The film "Area 51" made me really mad. Like REALLY mad. It’s a found-footage horror film, and I typically hate found-footage horror films, with the exception of two. I really enjoy "The Blair Witch Project" (1999) and "Paranormal Activity" (2007). The latter of which is directed by Oren Peli, the same man who directed the turd titled "Area 51."
The most important thing to note about this film – and the reason I really did not enjoy this film – is the fact that there is absolutely no character development in this movie. When I watch a movie, the thing that usually makes or breaks the film is the character development. If I don’t care about the characters and their motivations, then I don’t care what they do in the film, or the plot of the film. I also cease to care what happens to the characters or how the film ends.
This is basically what happened as I watched "Area 51."
As I explain in my video review of this film (which you can watch below), there is a very quick opening where we learn our main character, Reid (Reid Warner), mysteriously disappears in the midst of a party. He is found by his friends later all zoned-out and confused. Cut to three months later where Reid and his friends, Darrin (Darrin Bragg) and Ben (Ben Rovner), are on their way to Area 51. The only reason Reid can give as to why he has to see Area 51 is because he is being “pulled” there ever since that night at the party.
There’s also another character, Jelena (Jelena Nik), who helps the boys get into Area 51 because her dad used to work there and was killed for asking too many questions. Or something.
In the end they get abducted by aliens. The end.
Since I had no interest in any of the characters, I really couldn’t have cared less about what was in Area 51. The idea of finding out what the government is hiding in that desert is a bit tired anyway. I think we’ve all accepted that there probably isn’t anything of interest hidden there.
If you’d like to watch my review of "Area 51," you can click on the video below!