Originally, I was going to post the next part of Halloween, but I realized, as I was writing up the review for that one, that I had actually watched the 6th one instead of the 4th. Which explained the lack of continuity that lunged forward in storyline and skipped a whole generation. I was going to just post it and backtrack but I wanted to do it right, it’ll be postponed till possibly next week. I apologize for that. So now, I am on a last minute search for the 4th and last night, after some decision making at 11pm, I decided to watch this horror thriller, Would You Rather on Netflix. Lets see what thats all about…
After her parents had died, Iris (Brittany Snow) is left to take care of her sick brother and to manage the debts, bills and find the money for a bone marrow transplant at the same time. At this time, her doctor, Dr. Barden (Lawrence Gilliard Jr.) introduces her to a wealthy philanthropist Shepard Lambrick (Jeffrey Combs) who runs a foundation for the more unfortunate and invites her to join a dinner party to play a game that if she wins, would give her enough money to get her out of this situation and save her brother. Once she decides to go, she sees seven other guests and once the dinner is over, they realize they enter a game of Would You Rather with a sick twist monitored by Lambrick, his son Julian (Robin Taylor) and his butler Bevans (Jonny Coyne).
Human nature is a scary thing and Would You Rather is a horror thriller that uses this as a focal point to bring this story to life. Seven people with a desperate need for money who needs to do what it takes, overturn their ethics in certain situations and make tough and timely decisions to either stay alive or die. Every decision has its consequences and that’s essentially what all this is about while entertaining the sick pleasures of the wealthy. What works for this movie is that its never extremely gruesome even if the choices seemingly are but at the same time, it makes the audience wonder if they were put in that exact same situation, what would be their choice? Would you choose to protect yourself or
Would You Rather is actually a pretty suspenseful and dark horror thriller. It doesn’t scare you with mystical creatures or beasts or the paranormal, but with how someone’s choice is out of your control and simply those of another stranger. What they do is based on their character and how their values affect what decision they make. With that said, the characters of this flick are the stars. I’ve always liked Brittany Snow as a young actress when she started in teen flicks. I’m one of those that enjoyed her in Hairspray and John Tucker Must Die. I’ve never seen her in the horror genre and let me tell you, she’s was convincing as Iris. The other actor that made me want to watch this was Enver Gjokaj since I’ve recently seen him in Dollhouse. The first full length that I saw him in was quite good also. However, there is no doubt that Jeffrey Combs in the star here and carries the calm sort of sadistic crazy really well. He was downright scary and authoritative, maybe manipulative and of course, cruel wrapped into the body of his character Shepard Lambrick.
When it comes to horror movie, I’m still a beginning but I like horror thrillers a lot because it makes us question whats going on. I like the whole cerebral activity going on, which I tend to lack when I’m watching predator/creatures/slasher horror flicks. Thats probably why I watch those when I’m alone so that I don’t end up staying up all night. Don’t get me wrong! I didn’t stay up for this one but I like conceptS like these where its an exchange; a decision with consequences; tough choices, etc. It makes a movie more powerful and the intensity increases. I doubt anyone will find this movie perfect but I found it really good: the acting was pretty convincing, the focus wasn’t on gore and blood but on the idea of choices and what a person views as the lesser evil.
To me, I’m not sure I’d give this a second viewing any time soon but I think its done well enough. The deal with this is how well you learn about each of the characters and that’ll determine how surprised you will be on the choices they make as the movie progresses. Some parts may be predictable but there’s always two ways that it could go, so this gave me a late night full of nerves and chills. I’d recommend it just so you can give it a chance 🙂