After the unexpected success with The Blair Witch Project – a low budget production of a mystery film turning into success – several film makers have used association with the success to promote their own work. This time it’s the director of The Blair Witch who has created Believers.
A cult called the Quanta Group is awaiting the end of days when the sky will turn into fire, and they are planning their collective escape when our two heroes stumble into the scene. They are paramedics called for when a women from the Quanta Group collapses out in the open. The groups escape is only hours away so the paramedics have to come with the group to avoid last minute exposure and then meet the teacher (Daniel Benzali) – known from several TV series – who is the leader of the group.
Then there are some calamities, one of the paramedics survive – he who is soon going to be a father – together with a little girl, the other "escapes" together with the Quanta Group. The girl moves in with the surviving paramedic and suddenly one morning – the sky bursts into flames …
The topic at hand with cults awaiting dooms day and killing themselves and/ or others to be better prepared for the end, could be really interesting to explore in a film. But here the script writers and the film crew have too little core material to produce a movie longer than 15 minutes. The result is a lot of unnecessary dwelling in scenes with no relevance to the storyline. When the story evolved I grew engaged in the questions about such cults, but also was more and more irritated about the slow progress. And the actors are so bad that you don’t believe them either. They don’t contribute with any tension to the story and there is very little to be thrilled about. And what is really the story behind the tattoos?
The end of the story – on the other hand – made me laugh a little. It’s almost like the teacher makes a face at you and laughs out "What did we say?!".
But all in all – not anything like the Blair Witch and nothing you must see.
Hiro – not yet a believer
Director; Daniel Myrick
With Johnny Messner, Jon Huertas, Saige Ryan Campbell, Daniel Benzali
Producing company; Warner video