The script was weak; lines that don't really make sense with the movie's flow are being uttered out just to keep the thin plot moving. Even the smallest conversations matter; the script was already falling apart in the first minutes (where nothing really happens) and continues to disintegrate from there. It could have used some tweaks to maximize the horrors these girls were unleashing at Evan without making it so cartoonish. I would even accept cartoonish if it was done in a good way, but not so here.
The movie would have worked with the craziness of Lorenza Izzo. Ana de Armas's character was contradicting - she's very annoying in a really childish way, and yet you can sense some screws tinkering around her brain; she could have been utilized more instead of playing back up to Izzo's Genesis. Both women were good, just a shame that they were given bad material to work with. Keanu Reeves isn't any better. Though casted against type, he doesn't bring anything but stoicism in his screams and struggles to get free from the girls. There's a sense of determination in his character, but halfway through I could sense the actor just giving up and phoning it in.
Despite the manic behavior of the girls and a horrific situation to be in, the movie was very anticlimactic, bordering on dull. It could have been fun; the trailer doesn't make it seem too bad, but overall it was terrible.
Final Word: Skip it.
Cast: Keanu Reeves, Lorenza Izzo, Ana de Armas
Director: Eli Roth
The Final Girls
Now this was fun. The movie was self aware that it's a meta campy horror flick and goes the whole way through. It's to their advantage, as the movie managed to create some scares and some laughs. The movie gives importance to the relationship between Max and Amanda (or her movie counterpart, Nancy), with their dramatic end point pulling the story together. It didn't require much from the cast, nor do they appear standoffish or cartoonish. Taissa Farmiga makes a good lead, with Nina Dobrev and Alia Shawkat also giving excellent performances. Malin Akerman was also spot-on, though it's not the usual roles I see her play. one in particular stood out, which is also to their advantage because it wouldn't be that self-aware if someone was upstaging everyone else's performance.
The way it was shot was very fitting to the movie. It used wide angles that captured the setting vividly, and the symmetry and color scheme used compliments the appeal of the movie.
Final Word: It's great for multiple viewings; it's fun to watch.
Cast: Taissa Farmiga, Malin Akerman, Adam DeVine
Director: Todd Strauss-Schulson