Ever since 1999's The Blair Witch Project captivated audiences, filmmakers have been obsessed with using that shaky, documentary style to give their genre projects some juice, like the recent superpowered teens flick Chronicle and TV's The River. But has it worn out its welcome?
Of course, in the right hands found footage can captivate, as it did with Chronicle, which is both a critical and a box-office hit. But all too often it can feel like a gimmick, one that gets trotted out to help distract viewers from problems of plot and character—and the few people who tuned in for ABC's The River can attest to that.
It can go either way ... so, how do you feel about found footage-style movies and TV shows?