Oculus 
is 
a 
supernatural 
thriller 
with 
style 
and 
ambition, 
but 
which
 ultimately
 covers 
no
 new 
ground.
  Whatever 
is 
here,
 we 
feel 
as 
though 
we 
have 
seen 
it 
before.

The
 villain 
of 
this 
story 
is 
not 
a 
person 
but 
an 
antique 
mirror 
with
 a
 strange
 history.
 It
 seems
 that 
past 
owners 
of 
the 
mirror 
have 
met 
with 
grisly 
fates.  
Notwithstanding
 this, 
the
 mirror 
winds 
up 
at 
an 
auction 
where 
it 
is 
sold 
at 
a 
significant 
price.  
The
 auctioneer 
points 
out 
that 
there 
is 
a
 crack 
in 
the 
mirror.  
Where 
did
 the
 crack 
come
 from?
  We 
will 
find
 out 
later.

The
 protagonists 
of 
this 
film
 are
 two 
siblings,
 Tim
 and 
Kaylie 
Russell.  
As 
it 
turns 
out,
 the 
mirror 
had 
been 
present 
in 
their 
childhood
 home 
over
 a
 decade 
earlier, 
back
 when
 Tim 
and 
Kaylie
 were 
just 
small
fries, 
and
 like 
the 
other 
unfortunate 
owners of the mirror,
 their 
parents 
suffered 
a 
violent 
demise.  
As 
a
 result 
of 
these
 tragic 
events,
 Tim
 had
 been
 placed 
in 
a 
mental 
hospital.  
But 
he 
is 
older 
now
–
21., and
 he
 has
just
 been 
released.

Of
 course 
the
 last 
thing 
that 
Tim
 needs 
at 
this 
point 
is
 another 
encounter 
with
 the
 wicked 
mirror, 
but 
Kaylie
 has 
big
 plans.  
She
 has 
not 
only 
obtained 
possession 
of 
the
 mirror, 
but 
has also
 returned 
it 
to
 their 
childhood 
home.  

She
 is 
going
 to 
bring
 Tim
 there 
so
 that
 they 
can 
investigate 
together
 the
 power
 that 
this 
mirror 
wields.  
Does
 anybody
 think
 this
 is
 a
 good 
idea?

Kaylie 
believes 
that 
she 
is 
well 
prepared 
for 
this 
endeavor.  
She 
has 
set 
up
 all 
kinds 
of
 cameras 
and
 recording
 equipment. 
 She
 has 
even 
rigged 
a 
heavy 
boat
 anchor 
from
 the
 ceiling,
 which
 is 
designed 
to 
swing 
down
 and 
smash 
the 
mirror 
into
 pieces 
if 
all
 else
 fails.  
Curiously, 
the 
anchor
 is
 intended 
as 
a
weapon
 of 
last 
resort 
rather 
than
 first.

What
 follows
 is 
a
 series 
of
 somewhat 
shocking 
episodes 
and 
disturbing 
images, 
all
 interspersed
 with 
flashbacks 
from
 the 
past, 
but
 the 
jolts 
are 
delivered 
in
 such
 predictable 
fashion 
that 
seasoned 
aficionados 
of
 this 
genre 
will 
likely 
see
 them
 coming.
  Some
 might 
even 
experience 
boredom
 and
 struggle 
to 
stay
 awake.

If
 there 
is 
any
 redeeming 
quality 
to 
this 
film,
 it 
has 
to 
be 
Karen 
Gillan, 
the
 actor 
who
 plays 
the 
adult 
Kaylie.
  There 
is 
something 
about 
her 
that 
makes 
you 
want 
to 
watch
 the
 film 
whenever 
she
 is
 on
 screen.
  But 
in 
the 
end, 
that’s 
not 
enough.

I
 award 
this
 film
 2
 stars 
out 
of
 5  .

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