I tried to watch Joshua tonight. I found that to be a waste of time. It seems that I’m alone in this thought. Check out these reviews: at bloody-disgusting.com, the reviewer practically creams over the movie. I can’t agree. At JR.com, they sum it up as
Gory and atmospheric, Betz’s genuinely frightening tale of buried trauma bears all the hallmarks of a modern-day cult classic.
I can’t agree less. You’d think that this movie was as awesome and original as the sick and disgusting Hostel or masterfully grotesque Saw. But, no, its just a sick idea that’s not sewed together properly! The reviewer on the IMDB page for the movie had this, among other juicy complements for the movie:
In my opinion, the best element of Joshua was the script. Writer and director Travis Betz clearly has one beautifully dark and twisted imagination and it shows in frame after demented frame. Seriously, the film is screwed up from beginning to end…
He’s right. The film is screwed up from beginning to end. The key is the “frame after demented frame”. That’s the problem with this movie. Its all frames with nothing to glue them together. Damn! This could have been one awesome sick-fest, making you feel queasy and uncomfortable for days! But, no! Mr Artsy Fartsy has to play with film elements that don’t work, just because he’s on a low budget. And, he failed. No excuses. Blair Witch Project was filmed on a shoestring and its was successful. Go back to film school, Mr Betz.