Very little reviewer hadn't seen before in 'Ready or Not'
FILM REVIEW: READY OR NOT (18)
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CAST: SAMARA WEAVING, ADAM BRODY, MARK O’BRIEN, HENRY CZERNY, ANDIE MacDOWELL, MELANIE SCROFANO & NICKY GUADAGNI
RUNNING TIME: 1 HR 35 MINS DIRECTORS: MATT BETTINELLI-OLPIN & TYLER GILLETT
Till death do them part!
Before walking in to see Ready or Not, I thought: ‘Finally an 18-rated horror movie.’
Don't get me wrong, lower certification horrors can be scary (there’s many examples out there) but it's usually obvious when chunks of a scene have been taken out for the sake of making a movie a ‘15’ – meaning more potential ticket buyers.
With an ‘18’ rating, the possibilities are endless – so who knows what nightmarish things could unfold on the screen?
Ready or Not sees Grace (The Babysitter’s Samara Weaving), a foster child with no real family of her own. On the day she marries the love of her life – the super-rich Alex - played by Mark O’Brien – some are suspicious that she simply wants in on the fortune the family has made in producing board games.
But I’ve no doubt that Grace would have stayed well away from Alex if she’d known about his family’s initiation ritual. Any person marrying into the family must, at midnight on the wedding night, play a randomly selected game. In this case, Grace ends up with hide and seek. Sounds harmless enough, right? Wrong!
The rules see the bride literally having to hide for her life. She must make it till dawn – while the family seek to kill her.
At first, this seemed like an original concept until I thought... ‘Aren't most horror films basically hide and seek, with the victims trying to get away from the killers?’
In fact, there are only a few things original about the movie – including the quirky ending. With most scenes and many moments having been borrowed from numerous horror flicks. There was very little here I haven’t seen before.
I was also disappointed that Ready or Not didn’t use the aforementioned ‘18’ rating to its full gore-fuelled potential. This could easily have been a ‘15’ so the film makers really missed an opportunity to own it and make this much more memorable than the horror I saw.
So sadly this is not the movie I had hoped for, but it’s a fun ride nonetheless – with just enough scares to make it worth seeking out the ticket price.
By Mikey Clarke