Distributor: Accent' Films (Australia)
Author: John Mathews
The conspiracy is a 2012 movie, it is probably the most clever fake documentary I've seen since 'The Blair Witch Project'. It is also a truly terrifying movie dealing with a subject that could potentially be true. It is also very clever, and it satirises our obsession to know more about the world and secret societies. It is also dark and funny in some parts. The film starts out with us being introduced to Aaron and Jim, two young filmmakers who set out to make a documentary on conspiracy theorist. Terence G. is portrayed as your typical crazy conspiracists, he walks in the street with a microphone yelling at large corporations and also protests in the middle of the road. At this point the audience presume that he is completely insane and this documentary is going nowhere.
Terence also has a board of conspiracies, which he can connect the dots to from one section to the other. He speaks about the large number of dates in history and the significance of them, at this point in the film we are unsure whether the filmmakers are having a laugh or are very serious about the subject matter. Well eventually Terence feels like he's being followed, at this point we the audience question, is this paranoia or truth?
After four weeks the crew has lost contact with him, he does not answer his phone so that leads the two filmmakers to go to his apartment. His apartment is cleared out and there is absolutely no sign of Terence to be found. Jim decides to look further into Terence's life work and begins to see a connection between the conspiracies. It eventually turns into an obsession, driving him to near insanity to see what the secrets are.
The 'documentary' is very cleverly interlaced with interviews of authority figures and conspirator theorists. They add an extreme amount of authenticity to the film, as they are very well done and convince us that these people are real. Aaron believes that Jim is slowly loosing the plot as this is becoming a dark obsession for Jim. Jim believes he has cracked the puzzle by entering a number of dates into Google which leads to a New York Times article regarding a club of people that meet up once a year at a remote location. Jim looks too deep into the theory and his apartment is ransacked, he also feels as if he is being followed; much like Terence was on his final days. They track down the journalist who explains the organisation is called the Tarsus Group, an exclusive club for the elite with no information to be found. Both Aaron and Jim eventually go on a mission to infiltrate this secret club, which leads to a secret POV camera. There is also a reoccurring image of the bull, which this secret group apparently worships. The club consists of the worlds biggest leaders as they come together once a year to create a supposed 'new world order'.
Accent Films presents the Conspiracy in its original aspect ratio of 1.85:1 in 1080p, it was a film shot on a Canon 7D Red One Camera; so this video quality is as clear as you expect it would be . Because this film has a documentary feel, most scenes are lit up with natural lighting, outdoor scenes have extreme detail in the environment, with skyscrapers standing out with information in every component. There is no digital grain or noise from the cameras at all, with strong black levels in dark scenes. Colours in this film vary from very red to grey, this is all an artistic choice. The scenes in the city appear grey to reflect the weather, while indoor scenes are rich with orange lighting overpowering certain scenes. The final scenes of the film are shot on a spy camera so it is intentionally fuzzy with large amounts of grain, however despite all this it is still extremely clear. There is also extreme detail on the faces of the characters in high definition. Overall as a film shot digitally the image clarity of this transfer is impressive. (Make note these screen grabs have been compressed and do not truly represent the 1080p image, but it gives you an idea).
The audio is presented to us in a Dolby 5.1 mix. While listening to this on a large speaker system, the dialogue comes across very crisp with no peaking (a common issue with interviews). The films eerie score really does come across well, even when you blast it on the sound system, it draws you into its frightening and dark atmosphere. The bass really does rumble in times of intensity.
In terms of extras we get the usual array of entertaining trailers from Accent. Including a full blown one where you can watch them back to back with Accents background score. The trailers include:
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