As the first review of 2019 film I chose Hunting Evil, both the poster and the trailer had
deceived me that it was a quick job, of those for which there was little to say because it would be bad in all its aspects and … well maybe I was a bit wrong … I should probably stop being influenced by the reviews and the votes the public gives to these films. Trust me, from the point of view of someone who has probably already experienced all the worst the art of cinema can offer, certain films can be a real surprise and surely put me in trouble when I have to write a review! Let us first consider that if I had not discovered it online, I would never have realized this film was shot almost 10 years ago. Surely this is a sign of a certain quality of the shot, but certainly the fact that it took all this time for the film to be released could tell us a lot of things. The plot is certainly not the strong point of this film. Our protagonist is Jonas who delights in ghostbusting. We are told his story during a first useless part that acts as a preamble to the story itself and covers a span of 19 years. It all starts when he comes face to face with the so-called Entity who kidnapped a child, unfortunately in an attempt to drive the Entity away, the child dies and Jonas spends the next 5 years in prison. When he is released, it is very difficult for him to find work. At this point the Entity reappears and tricked him into sealing a pact that gives him a successful job. After another seven years, the Entity returns to claim what belongs to her: she kills Jonas’s wife and kidnaps their teenage son. This is the moment when he decides to hunt down the Entity by turning into a ghostbuster. Another 7 years later, we are in the present day and the Entity has just kidnapped another boy. Jonas and his assistants rush to investigate. Now, this is actually the moment when the action of the film begins to develop, the whole initial preamble was frankly useless, above all because there is a fairly precise moment in the film in which Jonas’ story would be effectively told. Perhaps the problem is that, because of how it was imagined, it was too long and convoluted to explain in a single scene, but this unnecessarily lengthened the film. Moreover the very first scene, during which Jonas and the Entity meet for the first time, on a directorial, scenographic, and visual level is, to say the least, chilling and if for you the first scene has a great importance I advise you to stay well away from this film. All the rest of the film proceeds in a fairly linear way, perhaps even predictable, but all in all, it’s quite efficient. There are no major twists except for the finale in which I could say I was almost surprised. It seemed that the Entity, in the form of a masked girl, should have a relevant real identity: there is actually the cliché scene in which the mask is removed, but it is not particularly interesting or disturbing. The real thing that surprised me about this film is probably the characterization of the characters. In terms of cast there have been ups and downs: on more than one occasion I read that the film was saved by the presence of Corbin Bernsen, but frankly I do not agree very much, but all the characters, from the first to the last including the most irrelevant ones, were characterized. There were a couple of characterisations that were a bit excessive and in my opinion one of these was exactly that of Bernsen’s character, but in general it is something that surprised me a lot and it is rare to find in films of this kind. As in the first scene, the visual effects are chilling throughout the film and are probably the first reason why it can be said that this is a bad movie. Conversely any scene that has no visual effects is quite good, even a scene where the Entity flies objects in a house. So for the future, I would advise you to completely abandon the visual effects. Make a good psychological horror so it definitely come out better and maybe you would also work less on post-production! Recommend me some 2019 movies that deserve a review! Continue to follow me here and at the other links you find in the infobox! From the world of masked Entities it’s all for now! See you at the next review! Well, bye!