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Would You Rather (2012) Movie Review By Darrin Gauthier

Would You Rather Review

Director: David Guy Levy
Writer: Steffen Schlachtenhaufen
Stars: Brittany Snow, June Squibb, Jeffrey Combs, John Heard and Robin Lord Taylor

Plot:  Desperate to help her ailing brother, a young woman unknowingly agrees to compete in a deadly game of “Would You Rather,” hosted by a sadistic aristocrat.

Running Time: 93 Minutes

IMDB Score: 5.7

Why I Watched It: I dragged my feet on this one but it was the plot and the cast that won me over.

Random Thoughts: The reason I dragged my feet was that I was concerned this was going to be torture porn,  The posture has a razor blade against an eye, so it was a real concerned but I will say I don’t think it’s up there with Hostel but yes it’s a horror film.

What I Liked: If there was a Hall Of Fame for genre actors Jeffrey Combs would be in it and he’s the best thing about this film without him this doesn’t work.  He plays a rich asshole that’s it he’s gotten board and decided he’d give to charity but the people will have to not only compete for it but also amuse him, he wants them to jump through hoops.  What Combs does here is a lot of fun cause he’s the bad guy but he doesn’t play it like that, he sets up rules gives people a choice then he makes them play by the rules.

The meat of the film is the game of Would You Rather and I will say it’s the best part of the film, you not only set up the games and rules but also set up the characters and add the fact that you never know what’s coming makes it tense and weirdly fun.  Also if you look at it like Jeffrey Combs is playing an evil game show host the film does kind of go to very strange places.

The game itself works pretty well cause they don’t go the Saw route and make it may to complicated they keep it simple and very brutal, you realise early on if you lose you die and that really turns up the tension and stakes.  I also like how what the character’s picked had a lot to do with them as people, it also sets up what are you willing to do to someone else.  It’s a very effective character study. Combs is the standout but for the most part the rest of the cast is solid, I’ll give a shout out to Sasha Grey cause I didn’t know it was her.  The cast was very good for a low budget genre film.

What I Didn’t Like: The whole idea that rich people like to torture and or kill poor people is quickly becoming a go to cliche in horror films, I hope it’s not true in real life also that is pretty thin motivation, they reason they do this is because they’re rich and bored?

One problem with a movie like this is we only really see Brittany Snow’s character, she’s the only one we see before the game and we see why she’s doing it, we don’t get that with any other character which does two things one is we know she’s the lead and two we don’t get much depth on the other characters.  The main flaw of the film is the lack of depth to the characters, bad things are done to and by them but we don’t really know what it means to them and we don’t know they’re stakes.  Also they grow in Combs’ son played by Robin Lord Taylor and I’ll be honest I have no idea why he’s there, cut him out and the film stays the same and he gives a standard rich bad guy, Combs at least brings personality.

As the film goes along you realise this turns into a game to the death and really becomes who dies next and I have to say it goes the way you think so there’s no real surprises till a very badly done tacked on ending which really wasn’t needed.  Also the thing the film does is hit home a point of people will do anything to stay alive or get what they need, Snow’s character needed money and no matter what the reason we see again that a person will betray who they are and what they believe in, it’s bummer.

Final Thoughts: A decent little horror film, decent gimmick, a solid B-Movie.

Rating: 6/10

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Bushwick (2017) Movie Review by Darrin Gauthier

BUSHWICK

Directors: Cary Murnion, Jonathan Milott
Writers: Nick Damici, Graham Reznick
Stars: Brittany Snow, Dave Bautista, Arturo Castro

Plot:  When a Texas military force invades their Brooklyn neighborhood, 20-year-old Lucy and war veteran Stupe must depend on each other to survive.
Running Time: 94 minutes
Rotten Tomatoes Score: Critics 49%    Audience  29%

Why I Watched it: I like Bautista and the plot was interesting.

Random Thoughts: So this film has a gimmick, it’s done in long tracking shots and they try to make it look like just one long tracking shot.  Here’s a thing I thought Bautista’s name was Stew and when I see the credits it says Stupe, honestly I heard Stew the whole film.

What I liked: The only reason to watch this film is for Dave Bautista, he’s basically been a secondary guy in his films and this one gives him center stage.  I like him as a presence, of a man his size he’s a quiet actor and he acts small.  Bautista is also a producer on the film, and it makes sense cause he gets an arc and he gets to be a complex character, he’s not just the muscle in the film. The tracking shot gimmick was fine, it got old fast but I give them credit for doing something different and it was nice for a film not to have a million jump cuts.  This does help with the tension and it gives the film a raw feel to it.

What I didn’t like: I’ll stop short of calling this film a mess but man it has a few fatal flaws.  Sure the beginning is jaw dropping but once we get into the main plot it’s confusing and really we have no clue of what’s going on and that’s frustrating to no end.  We don’t know the stakes, we don’t know what kind of movie this is and we don’t get to know the characters much at all. Here’s the other thing this movie is basically a two hander, Bautista and Snow.  Brittany Snow is badly miscast here, she doesn’t have the weight to pull off this role, now I will say her character is not well written but you needed a gritter and harder actress.

The flaw that kills the film is the script and main plot, it’s dumb, sorry but wrapping your head around this plot and also during the third act there’s so many dumb things that people do that it becomes laughable.

Here’s the part that sealed the deal for me, so we follow the two leads trying to get to her grandmother’s house and then to a drop zone so they go to this place and are captured by this gang run by one of the gang member’s mother and they force them to go to this church so they can tell the priest there to meet them at this neighborhood laundry mat so they can meet and join forces.  Now I won’t go through the whole scene in the church which also makes little sense, so they tell people and only the two of them get to the laundry mat and literally no one is there, no one then we get the backstory scene of the one character.  The whole thing was ham fisted and badly written you just shock your head.  Also they get Brittany Snow’s “sister” and man it’s a combo of a bad performance and terrible writing.

Also get your head around a Texas military force invading and trying to take over most of America, just think about it.  There’s a scene where they catch a solider and he tells them and us the plan, and how shocked they were that the people were fighting back, these “soliders” were going house to house and killing everyone in them and they were shocked that people fought back.

Final Thoughts: This was a clear case of a gimmick film that had not much else going for it.  The acting was sub par, the narrative was down right badly down, the action was nothing special and the film has a very downbeat ending that they did not earn at all.

Rating: 3/10