Director: Adam Robitel
Starring: Jill Larson, Anne Ramsay, Michelle Ang, Ryan Cultrona, Anne Bedlan
Evil lives within you
A documentary team is assembled to make a documentary about Deborah Logan, an elderly woman who is suffering from the Alzheimer’s disease and only has her daughter Sarah to help her in her daily life.
Deborah slowly starts to show very aggressive behavior that can’t only be attributed to her disease, and when there even starts to be some supernatural activities surrounding her and the camera crew, they know for sure that there is something more at work within Deborah, and it is surely something very evil.
The Taking of Deborah Logan is another found footage possession film, a subgenre in itself that I have grown to be tired of by now. But due to the positive feedback this film has gotten and the interesting premise of using the Alzheimer disease I decided that perhaps there is something unique in this film that can set it apart from all the others.
Even though it does start that way, I can’t say that it manages to accomplish that. The idea of an elderly person with Alzheimer becoming a vehicle for a demonic force is interesting, but it seems like they just abandoned that halfway through the movie and went for the familiar possession film instead. There’s a backstory to all of this that didn’t do much for me and the final part of the film is anything but intense and scary.
Even if it wasn’t working for me, the production is better than the average found footage film. Director and co-screenwriter Adam Robitel does provide a film that is pacing a long very nicely, avoiding any tendency of the film becoming boring even when the story doesn’t do much for you. I do wish that he would have used the Alzheimer disease to a much larger degree though since there is a premise for an excellent film underneath this.
I also felt that the development of the documentary crew was lacking. We hardly get to see them at all and we do not get to know any of them one bit and I can’t even remember the names of any of them without looking it up online. One character that gets plenty of screen time though is Jill Larson as Deborah Logan. Larson deserves a lot of praise for this film, both because of her actual acting and also for the fact that she had the balls to take on the assignment. She is absolutely the best part of this film and she should be very proud of this project.
The Taking of Deborah Logan doesn’t quite manage to live up to its potential, but it is made very solid and as far as found footage possession films go you can definitely do a lot worse than this. I can’t say that I agree with all the recent praise it has gotten, but if you have nothing else to watch and the story sounds interesting to you than by all means – give it a watch.