3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Surprisingly good movie,
This review is from: The Conspiracy [DVD] (DVD)
When I first rented this movie I was prepared to be disappointed and had a low expectation, it smacked of the formulaic, mixing up a lot of cliches about conspiracy theorising and conspiracy theories and producing a The Blair Witch Project [DVD] or The Last Broadcast [DVD]  found footage production.
I've got to say that the movie exceeded my expectations, even when it becomes slightly predictable in its twists and turns (there's clues on the cover art of the DVD for God's sake!) it can maintain a seriously suspenseful atmosphere, the first person format makes for some uncomfortable viewing, not unlike some of the scenes from the original The Texas Chainsaw Massacre - The Seriously Ultimate Edition [Blu-ray] .
The first half of the movie follows the documentary makers who are featuring someone who is like a lot of conspiracy theorists, like the 9/11 "truthers" or older JFK conspiracy theorists, his disappearence leads the documentary makers deeper into the world of a shady elitist society they discover online.
Their fates arent clear at the conclusion but are at least implied, what has definitely happened is that they have been party to some freakish antiquated occult ceremony, which the viewer gets to observe in the first person from the perspective of button cameras and some cruel, cruel manipulation.
I felt this was the good horror aspect of this movie, whether the people who disappear throughout are murdered or not what is clear is that it features a lot of really privileged and rich individuals involved in the cruelty for kicks, which can only lead viewers to conclude their planned new world order could not be that benign a vision.
The scary or threatening "monsters" in this feature are no longer in bred, cannibals in the rural wilds (which can be avoided by sticking to the urban centres anyway) or zombi hordes (which can be avoided by sticking to the backwoods home cabin) or some supernatural threat (only likely to randomly strike the truly unfortunate or fated) but the privileged sorts of people everyone is encouraged to trust or respect (instead they will make sport of you without a single twinge of conscience). It is better than the simple "power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely" feature it could have been.
There are not a lot of features which I watch and experience as genuinely involving and unnerving, without being merely shocking or a later day video nasty, but this is one of them. I can still hear those hunting horns sounding off. Recommended.