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Title: The Conspiracy

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Year: 2012

Genre: Thriller / Drama / Horror / Mockumentary

Language: English

Runtime: 81 min

Director: Christopher MacBride

Writer: Christopher MacBride


A documentary is made about conspiracy theories involving the government. When the main subject of the documentary disappears, the filmmakers decide to investigate further and they find a secret society.

Our thoughts:
I keep getting lured into mockumentaries for the mere fact that they are mockumentaries. It's a weakness of mine - despite the majority being horrible I still like the genre (or at least what I want it to be). "The Conspiracy" isn't quite like most of these shitty found footage movies though, it is actually more of a conspiracy thriller that focuses heavily on the investigation around its subject, rather than turning into a horror movie that miserably fails using the mockumentary style in a favorable way.

"The Conspiracy" has one major advantage. It actually feels like a documentary a lot of the time. This is a great plus, but the movie never manages to build up a story interesting enough for me to truly care. We live in a world where there are conspiracy theories about everything, and every day you can discover new articles or documentaries about another new crazy thought that some person have had. "The Conspiracy" doesn't even give us a story exciting enough to overshadow the wild theories that real people post about every day on the internet.

The story of "The Conspiracy" is simply that two filmmakers follow a man with some crazy theories. He disappears and they start to investigate further. They end up finding a secret society and they manage to find their way in. Fine, it sounds decent enough, but the problem is that these 80-or-so minutes feel like at least 2 hours and the "wild theories" are never intriguing enough to justify that. Once they finally get into the secret society, it has a few interesting moments but it is over before you know it. Again, that's fine - had the build-up been interesting.

There is a lot of positives to "The Conspiracy", and it's mostly in the production of the movie. Most importantly, it has several moments where it feels like a documentary. The actors are also, more often than not, completely on point and they do their best at presenting this mockumentary as a documentary. But... I simply can't muster up interest in this conspiracy theory when the real ones out there are far more exciting and bizarre.

Some people will love "The Conspiracy". It's not a bad movie and it is way better produced than the majority of mockumentaries. I'm even a sucker for reading about conspiracies (and theories), but I never really believe any of them. Yet, it felt like this movie's idea was too bland to work as entertaining or captivating fiction.

Positive things:
- It does sell the documentary angle well.

Negative things:
- The story isn't even as exciting as many real theories out there.
- Ended up feeling like a 2 hour movie.

Gore: 0.5/5
Nudity: 0.5/5
Story: 2/5
Effects: 3/5
Comedy: 0.5/5

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