Eye Contact deserves 3.5 out of 5 stars! In the beginning, we casually see a young woman running, most likely doing her morning workout. When she reaches her destination, a lighthouse, she looks down and spots a man looking up at her. She seems worried for a bit, but just brushes it. Big mistake! The only clear suspense technique I saw was how the man traveled from the wood path to the lighthouse quickly. I feel like that was a sign that something bad was going to happen. I found many techniques specific to the film such as handheld shots, the wide shots and midshots. These all create suspense. Another factor in creating suspense was the background music and how it got louder when we could see the mysterious man. While she is basically running for her life, the music becomes louder and more fast-paced. When the man snuck up behind the jogger on the gravel road, I actually jumped out of my seat. It would have been more realistic and even more petrifying, if the man was actually a person and not a black figure. Another thing I would try to improve is her facial expressions, she needs to look more terrified. The thing I’ll remember the most is how quickly he traveled from the ground to the top of the lighthouse, that’s scary! Which literary suspense techniques (foreshadowing, flashback, imagery, etc.) are present in the film? I noticed three literary suspense techniques, soundtrack, imagery, and special effects. Are the techniques used effectively? Why or why not?
I think the soundtrack and the imagery were used very effectively. I was truly scared when the music got louder when the runner was running and how it made an even louder noise when she encountered the mysterious man. The soundtrack was used effectively which made imagery be used effectively. Since the woman was not talking and you could only hear the soundtrack, you felt what the character was feeling. The special effects on the other hand were not used effectively. Although, the mysterious man looked...
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