Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Film Review: Indigenous (2014)

Indigenous (Review)
United States/2014
Format Viewed For Review: Netflix Streaming
Netflix Instant: Yes
Amazon Prime: No

"...generic and boring throughout most of its runtime."

Five friends vacationing in Panama decide to enter a forbidden jungle...

Indigenous is your run-of-the-mill horror film. The movie follows five douchebags friends: Scott, Steph, Elena, Trevor, and Charlie. The group meet up at Panama for one last trip before entering the real world. (Scott's concerned about his debt, but he spends his money on a trip. That's the problem, Scotty!) They find out about a 'magical' waterfall hidden in the jungle, but they are also warned about the dangers lurking within the forest – the Chupacabra! Of course, this group of friends dismiss the warning and enter the jungle. All is well until they are attacked by some humanoid creatures. They run through the forest, get killed, run, get killed, and so on. The formula changes a bit for the final act, but it's not really enough to save the rest of the film. The ending was okay – it wasn't horrible and it wasn't great.

Indigenous is a very generic film, which is unfortunate considering some of its promising elements. From the one-dimensional douchebag characters to the plot contrivances, the film is riddled with clich├ęs. It's predictable from beginning-to-end. Characters make stupid choices, then they die – that's your plot. The setting, albeit interesting, is barely used, too. The creatures look good, but the frantic camerawork makes it hard to see. There are a few suspenseful scenes, but nothing that will really frighten you. The few jump-scares scattered throughout this film are also ineffective. It's just not a very scary or engaging film due to the generic structure. With all of its issues, it becomes just another forgettable horror film. Oh, and the dialogue was very bad at times. 

The acting was decent. The roles aren't especially demanding, or likable, but the cast perform well enough. I liked some of the shots in this movie, but most were forgettable or mediocre. The camerawork was very shaky and obnoxious. Although some sites/trailers have this labeled as found-footage, it is not. However, you might mistake it for found-footage with the constantly swaying cameras. The special effects were decent. The film was written by Max Roberts and directed by Alastair Orr. The writing and direction inject something interesting during the final act, but by then it's too little, too late. Furthermore, sticking to the shadows and relying mostly on jump-scares stopped the film from reaching a truly frightening level.

Overall, Indigenous is a bad film. It's generic and boring throughout most of its runtime. There are some interesting tidbits here and there, like the use of urban legends and the Chupacabra, but it's not enough. The film simply fails to truly scare and entertain. It's not the worst film I've watched – I just recently watched The Human Centipede 3, after all – but it's not a very good one, either. I don't recommend it, unless you're simply looking to kill some time.

Score: 3/10
Parental Guide: Strong violence and gore.


  1. Well,this is the third bad review I've read today.I guess I'll have to keep looking for a better film.Ive seen just about everything on Netflix,the good ones long ago,the crappy ones,I have seen due to that's 90% of their film catalog.Thanks for the tipoff,I won't bother with this turkey.

    1. Yeah. The quality on Netflix has dropped in the past few years. A lot of bad films on there, but a few hidden gems, too. Good luck on the search!