Would You Rather Movie Reviews
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I think everyone who has any interest in cinema and its relevance to the world at large should absolutely see this movie as soon as possible. Not because it's the best movie ever made, but because it's the kind of movie that really reflects who we are and who we have become. And I'm not even talking about the whole desensitized to violence aspect of the thing. I am talking about how the movie really pits the rich billionaire aristocratic class against the working poor that have no recourse to any other options and must therefore submit to being pawns in whatever sick, sadistic game the rich decide to put them thru. The "poor" girl in this instance is Iris (Birttany Snow) who needs help badly after her parents are killed and her brother is left in her care and he is about to die. The rich douche bag who tries to convince her that he really wants to help just wants to make her a pawn in a sick game of torture at his dinner table. It really is about the 1% against the 99%. And to think it doesn't even mention the name "Mitt Romney" even once in the entire film...ha! I'd love to see if others pick up the same vibe as I did.
Hmmm...I'm conflicted on this one. On the one hand, I have to admit that I am not a fan of the whole "torture porn" genre of movies. And no, it's no because I'm a female, but because I genuinely don't get what the point of watching someone being slowly crushed or cut to death is. I mean, does anyone actually enjoy watching this kind of thing when it's real? Like in a doc**entary about war and genocide? I certainly don't. But once you get past all that grisly and gruesome nastiness, you can have measurable respect for the heroine Iris who really pulls out all the stops to save her life. She is just amazing in what she can do to try and stop all the kooky rich people from taking advantage of those who need help. I really enjoyed the parts when she's exacting revenge. I think the coolest bit of the whole thing would be to have it told backwards...then again, that might spoil the ending but it's still super cool to watch a woman with that much power. Especially when the "guys" all think she's weak...
The actress who played the lead in this movie really made it work for me, especially when I think that the whole movie made little to no sense. Then again, this is one of those bizarre-o "only in the movies" type of plots that demand that you leave your logic and thinking skills at home. Don't try to analyze it, just watch it. Don't judge it, just take it in. I could only get there half way so I guess I wasn't so successful at turning of my brain, lol. I blame my SAT class! The one thing I will say is that Brittany Snow who plays the lead role is just superb in her part. She gets into the skin of the character and really shines in every emotion she has to portray: whether it's the protective quality she displays toward her brother or the fierceness she has to show when she finds out she has to kill or be killed. She is gonna be a huge star and I hope she gets better scripts than this. I'd give it a C .
If you like movies like "Saw" and "Friday the 13th" then you will love this movie. I genuinely went in with super low expectations and walked out with a feeling of having seen a movie that was better than I ever imagined it could be. It's about a young woman named Iris who is down on her luck. Her parents are dead and she has to take care of her brother who has a lot of emotional and medical issues. When she happens to meet a rich guy who seems nice to her and offers her a steady job with health care benefits, she jumps on the chance. But...there's a catch. She will have to attend one of his dinner parties which are an elaborate ruse for him to watch his dinner guests torture and kill each other. In the end, Iris has to save everyone or be killed and lose her brother in the process. It's a really suspenseful movie and one that I think will be successful with teens and by word of mouth recommendations.
I'm all for movies trying to be bold but this one aims too high and reaches way, way too low. That being said, I didn't mind it so much because it is a gory horror movie and its lack of effective gore left me able to watch the movie, which is probably not what they were hoping for when they were making the movie. I think that the reason for this is that people have seen so many movies where characters are sliced and diced and tortured and killed that it no longer seems to affect us as much. And this is the crazy thing about our society I guess that makes us no longer able to flinch at such things. Are we really that desensitized? I wouldn't let anyone under the age of 17 watch this (my kids begged, I told them hail no!) but it's fine for fans of scary movies that are adult enough to handle the extremes of a fictitious situation like the one in this movie. The lead girl is very pretty tho I don't know her name.
Oh those eccentric billionaires! They just can’t handle their copious free time with simply reading a book or taking in the latest museum exhibit in a civil and quiet manner, now can they?
At least that’s the lesson I walked away with from Would You Rather, a relatively grisly horror film that oddly enough comes off as half baked when all is said and done. It starts with Iris (Brittany Snow) whose parents are dead and have left her to fend for her dying little brother (yes, this is that movie). She catches the seemingly kind eye of an upscale rich guy named (what else?) Shepard Lambrick who wants to help for other reason than that he has a good, altruistic heart. Right? Right…
The reason, it turns out, is that Lambrick wants Iris to participate in his life-or-death version of the game Would You Rather, where guests (or rather ‘captives’) of his pretentious dinner parties are forced to choose between options like whipping each other to death or stabbing handicapped guests in the thigh. Yes, it’s not pretty. Or fun. And it’s up to Iris to save the day.
This is, in the end, relatively standard torture porn. It’s a slightly better version of Saw set in a mansion and told under a shiny chandelier with goblets of chardonnay in the frame. If that’s your thing, you will love this movie. If not, you might want to rescind that RSVP from the lonely rich dude you know who has been begging for you to come over to break open a bottle of Petite Syrah from 1889.