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The Apparition
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12.12.2012 By: Chris Bumbray
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Director:
Todd Lincoln

Actors:
Ashley Greene
Sebastian Stan

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A college para-psychology experiment gone awry comes back to haunt its former participants when Ben (Sebastian Stan) and his girlfriend Kelly (Ashley Greene) are haunted by a strange presence in their home.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
THE APPARITION is yet another low-rent horror offering from Dark Castle Entertainment. Like many other films of it's ilk, it's a quickie thriller meant to cash-in on the PG-13 horror-ghost trend and nothing more. It's not even slightly ambitious, and it's by-the-numbers plot and tepid "scares" probably won't sway even the most gullible audience member.

Lucky for me, I didn't have to review THE APPARITION in theaters, and it probably would have bored me stiff. Sure, Ashley Greene is pretty to look at- but she's not called on to do much here other than act scared, and occasionally don some skimpy lingerie (no complaints there). She seems to be a pretty limited actress, although I liked her in an indie called SKATETOWN, so maybe it's just the material. Given how lukewarm a thriller this is, you can't blame her. Ditto Sebastian Stan- coming off his turn as Bucky in CAPTAIN AMERICA.

Of the leads, only Tom Felton seems to really be trying, but again- he's severely limited by the material. Other than a surprisingly decent score by Tomandandy, THE APPARITION is absolutely indistinguishable from the scores of other PG-13 thrillers that haunt the multiplex, although at least this one eschew's the found-footage technique. Still- there are no real scares, and the premise- while not un-intriguing, doesn't really sustain itself. I'd suggest something like THE ENTITY for a real para-psychology styled thriller, or even the recent RED LIGHTS (although no spirits in that one).
THE EXTRAS
An uninspired film gets an uninspired Blu-ray, with four featurettes of about five minutes apiece. Two of the featurettes dip into "real" parapsychology, although these are only effective if you "want" to believe in it. Don't expect to be swayed by a dvd bonus feature. There's also a bonus DVD copy of the film, so you can share with your non-HD inclined friends. Or not. I'd suggest not.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
To be fair to director Todd Lincoln, THE APPARITION is at least better than bottom of the barrel movies like THE DEVIL INSIDE. But it's just such a cynically made, unimaginative film that other than some cheap scares that might impress tweens, there's nothing to it. Pass.
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8:27AM on 12/14/2012

Movie could be better, so i won't get the DVD

Well, i like when i saw what the movie would be like this "Once you believe you die" thing, but is not well explored there, even Ashley's lingerie scenes look kind boring cauz her lingerie are not that sexy. I'm pretty to get a DVD it have to be something really outstanding, so with only 20min, i don't even wanna waste my time looking for that on the internet.
Well, i like when i saw what the movie would be like this "Once you believe you die" thing, but is not well explored there, even Ashley's lingerie scenes look kind boring cauz her lingerie are not that sexy. I'm pretty to get a DVD it have to be something really outstanding, so with only 20min, i don't even wanna waste my time looking for that on the internet.
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