Blumhouse's Truth or Dare
It’s Friday the 13th, that means it’s time for Hollywood to kill some Teens/Young Adults. Our killer is not some Hockey mask wearing roid monster with a machete and a dream but a supernatural force that just wants to play a game of Truth or Dare.
Blumhouse’s Truth or Dare is a movie about testing the bonds of friendship. Lifelong friends Olivia (Lucy Hale) and Markie (Violett Beane) take you on a touching journey that leaves you asking, “Why the hell are these two people friends in the first place?” join us as the two loving friends take a final Spring Break trip to Rosarito, Mexico with Lucas (Tyler Posey) Markie’s wonderful boyfriend, Penelope (Sophia Ali), the girl with the drinking problem, her BF Tyson (Nolan Gerard Funk), the typical douchebag of the film and Brad (Hayden Szeto) their quiet and sensible Asian gay friend. Oh yeah, there’s Ronnie (Sam Lerner) the guy no one likes, that as soon as you see him the words “KILL ME FIRST” almost seems to appear over his character.
Our group meets up with the charming stranger, Carter while partying In Mexico and he takes them on a tour of the area where they get stuck atop a pyramid where the plants .... whoops sorry that’s The Ruins. He takes them on a tour of the Catacombs of Paris… wait that’s not right, that’s American Werewolf in Paris. What I’m trying to say is we’ve all seen this before, a group of victims wander off with someone they don’t know and dreadful things begin to happen. The group soon find themselves trapped in a game of Truth or Dare with a supernatural force that wants them dead.
Yeah, but is it good.
Well depends on what you call good. As far as I’m concerned, a PG-13 Horror movie is not a “horror movie”. Suspense, thriller, or even mystery is what I’d classify this one. Once you start doing quick jump cuts away from someone getting stabbed, shot, bludgeoned, burning to death, getting squashed, or any other grisly forms of demise it just doesn't seem like a horror to me. On that note, as a suspense/thriller film, the movie is ok. The movie just was not scary at all to me. they didn't try any jump scares, the demon wasn't menacing enough to drive home that feeling of dread and impending doom.
Like most “horror” films of this type, I am not looking for any huge connection to the characters. I can’t state this enough, I do not care to form deep emotional bonds with a character whose only purpose in the movie is to die. There is usually only one person you need to bond with in these movies and the background story for them is hit or miss most of the time. With that said the friendship between Olivia and Markie was one of the most toxic friendships I have ever seen. You’d think that the party girl Markie who had a thing for guys other than her boyfriend would be the horrible one, but it was Olivia who was the true queen bitch. Even when it came to the truth-telling portions everyone had secrets but the others in the group knew their secrets and kept them from outsiders. Olivia’s secrets were things about her friends she had to keep hidden away from even them.
What really gave the movie that extra umph was the how they ended it. Even after some of the revelations, they made about the game and how it started and how it could be ended I got to a point that I was wondering well where are they gonna go from here? Then came the twist ending, which I think is one of the best endings I’ve seen from one of these YA movies in a while. As much as I’d like to gush about the ending its merely really good frosting on a pretty average cake you’ve had before.
Shall we play a game?
this movie is tame enough that even if you don't really like scary movies you should be able to sit thru this without any issues. Which means my editor Jordan will be able to watch the movie with his loving GF without wetting himself. Or maybe 41 years of horror films have desensitized me to them. There are so many little things they could have done to amp up the scare factor of this movie but they really dropped the ball on this one. You can wait for this to hit Redbox or Netflix to check it out.