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Review: Final Girl (2015)

Posted in Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 26, 2016 by Lilliandra Winters

Dir by: Tyler Shieldsfinal-girl.jpg
Writen by: Adam Prince (screenplay), Stephen Scarlata (story)
Starring: Abigail Breslin, Wes Bentley, Logan Huffman

I was browsing through my Netflix horror section and came across Final Girl. This was a film that I had passed several times. The cover picture has always caught my eye, especially since I recognized the lead actress for her earlier work (Haunter and Scream Queens). I was fairly sure she was a child actress (She is: Little Miss Sunshine) and I was interested in seeing what she had to offer as an adult. Not only that, but the description enticed me, as many do:

A man teaches a young woman how to become a complete weapon. Later she is approached by a group of sadistic teens who kill blonde women for unknown reasons. The hunting season begins.

It isn’t any longer than other movies, so why not? I instantly began to recognize other actors. Besides Wes Bentley, I also knew Cameron Bright and Alexander Ludwig. I wondered how this would all play out and hoped for the best.

The premise of the movie is interesting enough. A young girl’s parents die. She, being intelligent, was brought into what I can only assume is a special program. This is where the story ripples for me a little bit. It is suddenly years later and Veronica (Breslin) and William (Bentley), who originally brought the Veronica into the program, are obviously much older. I’m assuming late teens. Now, I would imagine that she was being trained all of these years, but that isn’t what is even remotely portrayed here. It actually comes off that she had little to no training up to this point and is just now learning, as he is explaining to her what she must do. This part is the most confusing. He seems to be cramming all the information she needs to succeed in her mission into a mere day or two, but why? Why not use the years you’ve had with her?

Here’s the long and short of it. Four boys (Huffman, Bright, Ludwig and Reece Thompson) love to dress in tuxes and take girls out into the woods and hunt them. After this group has killed many young women, Veronica is tasked with infiltrating and taking them down. Simple and elegant.

I very much enjoy the idea, but the execution is sloppy. The beginning of the movie doesn’t add up and it feels rushed. We don’t need a training montage of her as a child learning to kill people, but why does she begin her training so late in the game? She could have showed more skill if she had been trained for years. What happened in all that time? It almost seems that the middle of the movie was thought up first and they slapped together a beginning and an end. The end wasn’t confusing, but didn’t leave me feeling accomplished. The ending was honestly something I’d expect more from a TV show than a movie. So much is left unexplained that you end up questioning the entire experience.

That all being said, I enjoyed the dialog for the most part. I found most of the actors to be spot on, but Veronica felt off. Breslin’s role never clicked for me. Her choreography was well done and I was impressed at her fighting scenes, though. I enjoyed the glimpses into each character, which didn’t drag me down with unnecessary details; just enough to gain a small bit of understanding and intrigue.

I would like to tell you exactly how I feel about the movie as a whole, but, as I sit here typing this, all I can tell you is that I’m indifferent. I neither liked nor disliked the movie, which is an uncomfortable feeling, since I enjoy passing judgement in this manner. So, I leave you with a mostly well acted, but rushed story with good choreography?

I don’t know. Watch it for yourself and let me know what you think in the comments below!



Review of Haunter (2013)

Posted in Review with tags , , , , , , , , , on December 11, 2015 by Xander Woolf

Dir. Vincenzo Natali
Starring: Abigail Breslin, Stephen McHattie, Eleanor ZichyHaunter_poster

One of the movie recommendations I received from Netflix was the 2013 movie Haunter. I decided to watch it because it seemed interesting and Netflix gave it 4 stars. Here’s what I thought of it:

What’s it about?
Lisa (Breslin) begins to notice that she and her family are living the same day over and over again. Through this realization, she starts trying to change things, day by day. Eventually, she discovers that her family was murdered on the eve of her sixteenth birthday and are doomed to repeat the day for the rest of eternity. Lisa tries to find ways out of the house, but ends up learning that she is able to contact other victims from both the past and future. She must figure out who is responsible for her family’s purgatory and make sure he can’t do it to anyone else.

What did I think?
This movie is interesting. It’s a new spin on the classic ghost story. Instead of a new family moving into a haunted house, this story revolves around the ghost realizing that she’s a ghost.

The acting is well done. Abigail Breslin is angsty, emotional and very convincing. Stephen McHattie is satisfactorily creepy and scary. The writing dragged in some parts and suffered a bit, but it came together quite well in the end.

The camera work was amazing. They did not rely on special effects to get the story across, which was refreshing to me. They relied on story and acting, which both added up quite well.

Would I recommend it?
Yes, I would. The movie itself isn’t scary, but it’s great for what it is.