If I hadn't known this was a fictional story, I might have
believed at first this was a real documentary, because the acting
by Bobby Harwell is so convincing in his opening interview.
However, as the movie moves on, it becomes quite clear that this
movie is far from factual, becoming quite silly at times.
The Wicksboro Incident is a fictional documentary that
serves as a perfect mix of The Blair Witch Project and X-Files.
Yes, this comparison for this movie has been made before, but it
is the most accurate way to describe it. The movie begins with an
elderly man named Lloyd (Bobby Harwell) telling the unbelievable
story of his life. He claims in 1953 he was involved in a secret
government project to build devices capable of reading peoples
brain waves. With these devices, they were able to determine if a
person had psychic powers, and because of the security
implications of these devices, the entire town of Wicksboro,
Texas was eliminated. Lloyd claims to be the only survivor from
the town. (Of course it's never explained how he managed to
survive) Lloyd apparently had to leave the state and change his
name to keep from being killed. He strongly believes that aliens
are invading our planet, and are slowly taking it over, and he
believes the government knows all about it.
From here, the movie gets going as Lloyd and two armature
documentary filmmakers Mike (Dan Brinkle) and Gary (Kyle Nudo)
travel back to the missing town of Wicksboro to find proof of the
government conspiracy. During their investigation they realize
that they've dug too deep into the cover-up, and find themselves
on the run fighting for their lives.
I actually might have really liked this movie if a few things
would have been different. First of all the ending is horrible. I
won't give it away, but it is excruciatingly unsatisfying.
Second, the shaky camera work (ala Blair Witch) is
extremely annoying and actually distracts from the content of the
movie. Thirdly, I felt the acting started to go downhill as the
pace of the movie picked up. And finally, I can take only so many
shots of "scary" mysterious helicopters flying
The Wicksboro Incident definitely has its good moments,
like when the team first discovers that they may be in over their
heads, and when some of the better chases really kick into high
gear, but ultimately the good parts were too few and far
in-between. In the end, the excessively long and boring final
chase ending, along with some poor acting and poor action in the
middle drag this film back into the armature ranks.
Video: This movie is presented in 1.33:1 full
screen. Despite being shot fully with mini Digital Video cameras,
it looks quite good. As to be expected, there's a fair amount of
graininess and pixelation present, but for the most part it looks
pretty decent. However if your own a big screen TV or projector
setup, this will look pretty bad. (Just a word of caution) Colors
appear washed out, and lack any vividness or brightness. It's
supposed to look like an armature documentary, and that's exactly
how it looks.
Audio: Here we get a 2.0 audio track that's
pretty bad. Dialogue is often hard to hear and the musical score
isn't as powerful as it should be. But then again if you're
shooting for that armature documentary sound, I suppose they hit
the nail on the head here too. Also, the audio commentary is the
worst sounding commentary I've ever listened too. The track is so
distant and unclear, you'd think they'd used an old Sony Walkman
to tape the session. Overall, this is a pretty poor sounding DVD.
Extras: This DVD offers a few extras, of which
include outtakes, deleted scenes, and an audio commentary. The
commentary would have been decent, if it weren't so damn hard to
hear. The audio is so bad it forces you to crank up your volume
to understand what's being said. Sadly you seemingly pick up more
distortion than dialogue. Overall the commentary is fairly
boring, but director Richard Lowry has some interesting things to
say from time to time.
I suppose if you really liked the movie you will be interested in
the outtakes and deleted scenes. However the outtakes aren't very
funny, and the deleted scenes are better left unwatched.
The Wicksboro Incident is an independent film shot with
mini DV cameras, and a shoestring budget. After the slow start,
it really starts to gain some momentum, but then crashes back
down into the ground toward the end. It really wouldn't have
taken much to make this film a whole lot better. In the end
though it was a neat idea that just wasn't executed as well as it
could have been. Not a terrible movie, but nothing memorable
either. Rent It