Film: Ready Or Not
Director: Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, Tyler Gillett
Cast: Samara Weaving, Adam Brody, Mark O'Brien, Henry Czerny, Andie MacDowell
Duration: 97 mins
Stars: 3.5 stars
Review: Ready Or Not takes on a fun, new twist to the age old slasher genre mixed with a bit of horror and suspense adding to its intrigue. The films follows Grace as she marries into the Le Domas family that runs a 'domination' in the games industry. Grace and Alex love each other but all she known about his family is that they are 'fucked up- instead of knowing that they are psycho killers'.
Alex right before getting married tells Grace, 'I am giving you an out right now' but unaware of the horrors she heads right for the aisle. Soon after the ceremonies she is asked to join all family members for a traditional game only played when someone new joins the family. Grace is asked to pull a card out of a magical box that will tell them the game, but she pulls out the one she shouldn't have 'Hide and Seek'. While the whole house gears up to kill her, she hides in a dumbwaiter, waiting.
At first we get a glimpse of what the Le Domas family is capable of and it’s exactly what the trailer suggests. One hopes that Grace played by Samara Weaving will fire some holes too, she rather takes a more gruesome approach. The film mainly takes on the slasher genre while keeping the mystery to drive in the audience. Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett have stayed true to their genre profile and have perfected their work in this one. The screenplay and script by Guy Busick, R. Christopher Murphy is just the best match of humour and gruesome acts. From everyday clichéd jokes to satanic worship, it all someone finds a way into the 97 minutes long movie and still makes sense.
The cinematography and background score has a very strong contribution to the story, from the 'Ready Or Not' record played measuring the countdown to the classical music used during the killings keeps you glued to the screen. Samara Weaving, Adam Brody. Mark O'Brien take the lead on screen, while they are the main characters in the film and take the most screen time they also leave an emotional impact. There is a different story that goes on over the night under the killings that is hard to notice but unmissable. The brother's love and one's sacrifice to save other, adds some emotional weightage. The final twist comes from this emotional connection which if presented in a more unfiltered manner it would have make more of an impact.
Over all the film makes for a great late night watch. It will get you pumped and a little irked but gives you a bit of everything.