The world of supernatural is always an interesting concept to be brought in form of movies. Movies like exorcism, the ring, ju-on, and paranormal activity is a proof of how successful a horror film about ghost can be. In other hands, there are films like Aura (2018) which have shown me that horror can be boring.
I cannot concentrate throughout the screening of the film and halfway there I wanted to watch something else because it is not so engaging. The film tells the stories of a family and a photography apparatus in their house. The stories starts when they capture photos of people in the house, there is a specific aura that will be included in the result. Somehow, the aura actually points out that there is a greater evil.
The main stories actually simple, if you want spoilers then go ahead. The brother, his wife, his mother, tried to exorcise a presence from the house that is actually disturbing the sister. They do that by enlisting the help of a sance. *By the end of the film, the sance died but managed to free the sister only to have the presence moved to the wife.*
The story actually have a good concept to utilize photography in capturing paranormal presence, but I see games like "fatal frame" can did it a lot better and have more mysteries to be invested. Moreover, what I think is lacking from this film is the characters and act. I really cannot sympathize with the family at all and how they act throughout the film.
One of the most disappointing character is the paranormal expert and the demon. First of all, I wanted to say, that a good paranormal expert can carry the movies through their success. Insidous movies even got so invested on their own that they decided to make a special film about the paranormal expert. But in this film, I almost wanted to scream that you will be scammed by that paranormal expert.
She was very unconvincing somehow and not so interesting. *I even felt nothing by the time she died at the end of the film*. The demon that appear as antagonist doesn't feel very threatening and dangerous as well. It failed to bring sense of danger and suspense to the film.
In the end, I do not think it is a good movie. I will not recommend other people to watch it. However, if you wanted to try it, please do so. Personally, I will watch other film if I wanted to get scared and thrill. I just hope that Aura will not be a sign of what horror movie in 2018 will look like. I already have high expectation since I watched Hereditary.
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