Starring: Lucy Hale, Tyler Posey, Violett Beane, Sophia Ali
Director: Jeff Wadlow
Runtime: 1 hour, 40 minutes
Horror | Thriller | 2018
The minute I heard of this movie and watched the trailer I knew I wanted to see it. Knowing that it was from the same producer of Happy Death Day left me a little wary of the film, but it also comes from the producer of Get Out so my expectations were on the fence and only seeing the film would have been able to sway me on the good or bad side. Well, after seeing the film, I can’t say that I’m swayed either way.
Lucy Hale plays Olivia, the main character, who gets her friends into a game of Truth or Dare with a stranger while on Spring Break in Mexico. Come to find out, the game is real and if you don’t tell the truth, don’t do the dare, or try to stop playing… you die. Now, the idea of the deadly game of truth or dare isn’t bad. And honestly the whole snapchat filter faces for the delusions was very creative and interesting, but that’s about all to the film that is good.
The plot falls short, particularly when we find out how the game was spawn and how the players can get out of it. It kind of has a feel more like Friend Request where people just die and there may or may not be a way out of it, and the endless goose chase to stop the killings seems never ending.
I feel like the inclusion of demons is always there in this type of film. And the fact that the writers did want the victims to win just pisses me off sometimes.
I did not like the ending. It left me unsatisfied after sitting through 1 hour and 40 minutes of cringe worthy deaths and anxiety ridden scenes. All the actors/actresses in this movie were typical for a PG-13 horror film. Which is sad because I really like Lucy Hale as an actress. Her character was by far the best of the group however, and the relationships were typical for college students.
So I’m still on the fence with my feelings on this movie. I’ll have to go straight in the middle with an “okay” rating. It’s not a terrible watch, but with the holes in the plot it’s just hard for me to get on board. One thing I didn’t expect was the lack of jump factors. There are a few, but this movie I think tried to play off the thrills of the scenes rather than jumps in the audience. Which is pleasant. This is probably one I’d wait to watch until it’s out on DVD. (2.5/5).
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