Time well spent...
Not that it is a comedy, but Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones AKA Part 4.5 is the funniest addition to the franchise so far. It is one of the best and most entertaining ones, too. The protagonists are troublemakers who pull impressive stunts and tricks all day. They are members of an urban Latino Californian community, which takes us away from the stagnant suburban timeline.
These movies were never big on answers, but Part 4.5 satisfies our hunger by transposing pillar antagonist Katie’s curse into the lives of the new characters. Though producers can be blamed for breaching continuity, through their weird experiences we better understand how the possession occurs. The writers have been making stuff up and stacking enigmas that this one finally addresses consicely.
The special effects are some of the most intricate and puzzling so far. The editing is as polished as the found footage format inherently allows. The characters are sympathetic and their lengthy exposition doesn’t feel like filler, but the spoon-fed procedural sometimes does. The Marked Ones is chaotic, action-driven, and particularly generous in terms of surprises during the third act.