Synopsis from Image Entertainment:
So yeah, it's a thriller, and you certainly are going to want to try and figure out who's the big bad killer behind the welder's mask. That's a given. What you won't suspect is the brutality you'll feel through the found footage lens of the director as he reveals murders that you'll feel under your skin. Ever watch someone get cut up with a torch? It's not the most common murder in a horror film. Sure, you might see people burned alive, covered in gasoline, set on fire, maybe even cooked in an oven, but cut apart with a torch... I haven't felt anything quite this visceral or tactile since perhaps the soldering iron torture in Exterminator. Maybe I'm reminded of Exteriminator, the exploitation classic from 1980, due solely to the wearing of protective flame gear, but it was in my head the whole time. The image of person wearing fairly normal protective gear acting violently is a good recipe to disturb; maybe more than killers who wear specially crafted masks and Halloween get up. For all the brutality I claim it has, I really don't think there's all that much on screen blood. It's carefully hidden in the shadows and buried just out of camera reach. Very smart. Show less. Make the audience imagine more. That's good horror. Using loud, ear piercing flame sound as a scare tactic works extremely well. Haunting even.
The wrap story surrounding the found footage which must be examined and decoded by the crack team of detectives featuring Moyer and Mitchell is the weak link. I suppose you can chock that up to being a vehicle for the carnage-filled shock sequences. Just stick with it even though the mystery isn't worthy of the Usual Suspects level praise, it's still fun to try to figure out who the baddie is. I don't think the detective work ruins the picture and performances are in line with what a TV audience would expect from a cop drama though I'm not entirely sure the average CSI audience is ready for Evidence.
So when you watch Evidence really focus on the Evidence. The found footage. It doesn't suffer from excessive camera shake and is high quality though I grew tired of the choppy, electro glitches (I suppose that's all part of the storytelling though). You won't feel nauseous, and it doesn't look like it was shot by an amateur filmmaker who had no time or budget to create solid still images. Olatunde Osunsanmi directed The Fourth Kind. In my mind that meant he had a lot of making up to do for perpetrating sour found footage on us all. That's just me though. I know plenty of folks who loved his fresh take on storytelling using the found footage style. Evidence makes up for The Fourth Kind and even makes me want to give that film a second chance. Maybe I wasn't ready for it. Maybe I had watched Paranormal Activity one too many times and then viewed it on the coattails of a solid found footage picture like Atrocious. Regardless, Osunsanmi created a solid piece of narrative within the shooting style even if the wrap story seems a bit forced and extra-super produced (like an episode of Law and Order... maybe that was the point).
Evidence is a dark movie. It has some great kills, good storytelling and will entertain you if you can stomach its brutality. You can pick it up now on DVD and Blu-ray at the link below.