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Movie Review: ‘Tentacle 8′

Expectations are lowered somewhat when watching an independent, low budget movie. The film faces an uphill battle as it tries to portray an entertaining story on a fraction of what most movies are made for. Many independent films are extremely successful however, thanks to interesting direction, a compelling story and great performances. Tentacle 8 (written and directed by John Chi) has none of these characteristics. The directing is lackadaisical to go along with its horrific pacing, the confusing story is intercut with interminably long scenes where characters speak in boring monologues. Some scenes last well longer than they should, with barely…

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Summary : Tentacle 8 is two hours of a terrible film followed by a horrific ending.

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Expectations are lowered somewhat when watching an independent, low budget movie. The film faces an uphill battle as it tries to portray an entertaining story on a fraction of what most movies are made for. Many independent films are extremely successful however, thanks to interesting direction, a compelling story and great performances. Tentacle 8 (written and directed by John Chi) has none of these characteristics.tentacle 8

The directing is lackadaisical to go along with its horrific pacing, the confusing story is intercut with interminably long scenes where characters speak in boring monologues. Some scenes last well longer than they should, with barely any action or even dialogue relevant to the plot. The movie could also be cut down dramatically just by cutting out many of the unnecessary pauses in dialogue that plague many scenes.

The actors perform as if they all have a prescription for Valium. It’s incredible watching the lack of passion with which everyone delivers their lines. There are three total emotions throughout the entire film: morose, slightly angry, and sad. It’s almost as if Chi told everyone a depressing story before calling action.

The worst part is that what was originally thought to just be a badly written vague story ended up being a trick. The film is meant to be vague and leave out information so that the twist at the end gets you, with the twist being less clever and more out of nowhere and even somewhat offensive.  Instead of a surprise the viewer didn’t see coming, it more closely resembles someone sucker punching you and then asking if you were surprised.

There’s enough competence in this movie to make it not laughably bad, which actually works against it. There’s no charm to it, no personality, and at the end the viewer finds out all they sat through was just an insane conspiracy theory.  It is the worst kind of bad movie: boring, overlong, convoluted and pretentious.

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About Nicholas Szabo

Currently a Junior at the University of Oklahoma majoring in Broadcast/Electronic Media with a minor in Film.