14 Cameras, the sequel to 2015’s 13 cameras brings back creepy landlord Gerald for another go. This time a family of five rents a high-end home in New Mexico for a getaway of a couple of weeks. Unfortunately for them, Gerald is the guy they’re renting from and the house is littered with hidden cameras where Gerald streams their activities to the Dark Web for others to view as well.
14 Cameras was all over the place. The movie introduced a couple in the beginning, a mirror to the couple we saw in the first movie. Gerald is their landlord, and he breaks in, does his creep thing and leaves. The couple then argues over a toothbrush Gerald used, and……thats it, they don’t show up for the rest of the movie, there was no point to their characters. The movie then introduces yet another tenant of one of Geralds properties as Gerald breaks in to install some cameras like he usually does. This time however the tenant returns while he’s still there and Gerald incapacitates her and kidnaps her. The movie then jumps yet again to the main focus of the plot, the family of five staying in this luxury house for a vacation. This is the point of the movie where things start to get ridiculous. Exactly how much money does Gerald have? Between 13 Cameras and this movie so far, we’re shown that he owns at several different properties, one of which is a REALLY nice house with a pool and Jacuzzi. The movie does show that in his Dark Web community viewers of his stream offer to buy underwear if he steals it from some of his guests. But does he really steal enough to be worth millions, or at the very least hundreds of thousands? Who knows? There’s no explanation given, so just roll with it I guess.
Gerald is still the same super-creepy, unsettling landlord from the first film. This time however the writing has comically turned him into a ninja. It’s hilarious really, this overweight old man with his pained walk and awkward limp manages to weave in and out of the home without being seen by anyone and silently sneak up on people. Coupled with his unlimited money and his ninja skills Gerald is essentially Batman in this movie. The first movie actually made slightly more sense as no one would be around when he would break in, or he’d hide in the basement that they pretended didn’t exist, this movie just doesn’t care. One minute he’s there, the next he’s gone, and no ones the wiser. It’s dumb and doesn’t make sense.
This movie sadly presents us with characters even dumber than the ones from the last movie. The jogger mentioned above ends up jailed in an underground hole with Claire from the first movie. Wanting to escape she uses pieces of wood to create a prison shiv. Gerald takes her out to bathe her one time and she uses this opportunity to stab him, in the shoulder…… of course this does nothing but slightly inconvenience the guy and she’s killed when he shoots her. Her character ultimately served no purpose whatsoever.
Overall this wasn’t a good movie. Certain parts made zero sense and just looked dumb. Characters do stupid things just so that the antagonist can win. The writing went from mediocre in the first movie to just plain bad in this sequel. Its entertaining, but its dumb entertainment.