What we had here was an idea that was sabotaged by the way it was presented. This film has some good ideas, but in the end, the "found footage" nature of the work killed off any of the great things it could have done.
The found footage nature of the film hurts in several ways. First, it forces the camera to be justified by making the viewpoint character be a camera junkie. That one works reasonably OK, because it's actually part of the plot that he uses the camera as a means of distancing himself from others. The problem comes from the fact that the film needs to switch perspectives away from the viewpoint character. So they have to shoehorn another video blogger character in the story, who exists for no purpose other than to be another camera to switch perspectives with. It's really
forced and obvious.
The next found footage problem is that the direction just doesn't help a lot of the scenes. During the big climatic fight at the end, the camera switches to various scenes from nearby cameras, CCTV footage, and random other POVs. This not only highlights the artificiality of the work, it also means that we're not getting good closeups of the actors delivering performances in many cases. The direction just doesn't work like an action scene should, and it feels very clumsy overall. Yes, I know it's a found footage movie, but that's my point
: it hurts the other stuff the film is supposed to do.
The third problem is that a lot of scenes are really contrived just to allow the viewpoint character to talk. Things that would normally be conveyed by an actor acting and so forth are conveyed via monologues into cameras. This is far less effective of a storytelling mechanism, hence the problem. They work OK, but it could have been so much more if it were traditionally directed.
This film really shouldn't have been a found footage movie. It rarely helps the film. You don't get good scares or tension, and you don't feel like you're really part of the action. It doesn't feel more real or anything. It's all of the negatives of found footage without any of the positives.