- Origin: 22/25
- Story: 21/25
- Camera/SFX: 22/25
- Performance: 21/25
Ready Or Not follows a young bride (Samara Weaving) as she joins her new husband’s (Mark O’Brien) rich, eccentric family (Adam Brody, Henry Czerny, Andie MacDowell) in a time-honored tradition that turns into a lethal game with everyone fighting for their survival.
- Rated: R (Adult language, bloody images and violence)
- Genre: Horror
- Directed by: Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, Tyler Gillett
- Written by: Guy Busick, R. Christopher Murphy
- Release date: 21st August, 2019 (Wide)
- Length: 95 minutes
- Studio: Fox Searchlight Pictures
|Adam Brody||Daniel Le Domas|
|Mark O’Brien||Alex Le Domas|
|Henry Czerny||Tony Le Domas|
|Andie MacDowell||Becky Le Domas|
An interesting concept that could lead to other possibilities. I liked how the family have a curse and they need to follow the rules of the game to survive, their family literally lives and breathes games. I would like to know how the characters explode at will and how this mystery being can have these powers, is he alien or something else? The satanic ritual was a nice touch, and made for cool looking scenes.
This was a surprise too me, it was interesting, funny and it managed to keep tension really well. The characters were all different and so they each brought something to the film, it was so ridiculous at times that it felt right in a weird way. I did want more context from the writers and a better driven narrative, maybe a twist in the middle that required the family to do an extra task to live.
The prop and costume work in this was really good, the detail that went into that goat pit was gruesome. There were good use of camera angles, especially in the comical scenes. It allows for the audience to embrace whats happening, and to have fun with the idea of murderous hide and seek. Good use of CGI, the exploding bodies were done with flare and scarily convincing.
Even Samara Weaving’s haunting screaming made this film better, her character was kind and thoughtful on the outside, but when it was needed she can be the biggest badass. By the end her character has lost all the care in the world and doesn’t even get bothered by the house burning down. Adam Brody had many great scenes and it was a shame to see his character end the way he did. Overall, the cast was good and I don’t think I would have recast anyone.