Discovered footage strikes once more. American Descent, the most recent film from Brooks Hunter, executive of OIFF 2011 graduate and 2011 turkey train runner-up, makes a commendable cut yet succumbs to the same tired platitudes and traditions that make discovered footage a standout amongst the most excruciating types of filmmaking. American Descent, which should be titled Stupid People: The Movie, is so imbecilic, dull, and unpleasant that a not by any means supporter of neighborhood substance could love it.
Discovered footage movies just truly work in the event that they have some affectation to authenticity in their story that both legitimizes and supplements the formal contrivance that plays upon gatherings of people’s impression of the genuine. Take The Blair Witch Project, for instance, which feels conceivable since it’s only a trio of companions investigating a legend in the forested areas. Indeed, even Clover field generally works since it keeps the immense wellspring of New Year’s Eve fear to a great extent off-screen and utilizes the perspective cinematography to give viewers a the feeling of playing witness to a heavenly calamity. American Descent, be that as it may, takes an old hat story of a fortune chase and executes it without a casing of credibility as four companions take after pieces of information left by some crazy maverick trooper.