Movie Review: Ready or Not

Ready or not, here I came, you can’t hide, and you can’t fool me when it comes to this movie. What’s a bride to do when she’s running for her life on her wedding night? Ready or not, my review will give you a clear verdict if this is a wedding story you should give a chance to witnessing, or run far away from it.

WHAT’S IT ABOUT:

A wedding. Happy bride. Family game night. Death. Murder. Blood. Gore. That’s the movie in a nutshell, but there is more to analyze. Samara Weaving plays Grace, a new bride that’s ready to celebrate her wedding night with fiance Alex Le Domas (Mark O’Brien) and his family. So, about that family, it’s not your usual bunch. Le Doma’s can be described as a high-brow, eccentric and ritzy bunch.

Per the family tradition, a wedding initiation game is played. Unbeknown to Grace, her life is seriously at stake since the game selected is deathly game of “Hide and Seek”. Grace is on a run for her life, as her soon-to-be family is on the prowl to eliminate her by the strike of dawn.

HOW DID THE ACTORS DO:

Weaving is just ideal for a role and movie like this. See Mayhem and The Babysitters as a reference point. She seems to have mastered the gory horror comedy genre, but she can do so much more. This niche genre has a definite audience, but at what point does it begin to become typecasting for her?

Adam Brody, Andie MacDowell and Henry Czerny round out a solid supporting cast. The cast isn’t the problem, it’s the material given to talented actors that don’t fit the genre, especially in the case of MacDowell and Czerny. So they end up being forgettable in these roles. At least you hope you can forget them.

SCRIPT AND STORY:

You pretty much know what you’re getting with a movie like this, lots of blood and silly gory humor. The script is below mediocre at best, and that’s being generous. The theme of the movie is more interesting than the story plays out to be. It’s like a never ending game of hide and seek that you’re wishing comes to a much quicker abrupt ending.

At least they don’t waste time delving into this cat and mouse game for survival. The action sets up swiftly, but the death game lags for a long time. I wondered if there ever was a vision beyond the first few pages of the script? Doesn’t seem like it by the way the events unwind.

It appears like the filmmakers are self-aware enough to know that this movie is a farce, so they allow themselves to poke fun at their script and story. If it’s bad, at least you can laugh at it, right? Looks like the people behind Ready or Not had an idea this might be the case.

WAS IT ENTERTAINING:

Surprisingly it had sprinkles of fairly entertaining content, whether in the comedy or action. You either see someone getting killed in a fashionable gory exit or you’re laughing at the attempt of that. Weaving is given her fair share of corny, occasionally amusing, one-liners. Hopefully you aren’t expecting any sort of legitimate suspense, because you won’t get it.

Whatever little creativity they muster up, it’s placed on the visual gore and kill methods. Certainly deserving of a two finger applause. Ok, I’m done.

SHOULD YOU SEE IT:

Probably not worth seeing if you’re actually looking for a suspenseful movie. The premise and trailer spots were much better than the final product you expect getting. They certainly suckered me in with that Righteous Brothers “Unchained Melody” theme song in those trailers.

If you’re in it for an over-the-top silly plot, blood and guts, and funny because it’s bad kinda feel, then go right ahead and play this game.

Ready or Not had the potential to be a lot more than it ends up being. It just comes off as a lazy attempt to shed outrageous violence with no sense of direction. Nothing is satisfactory in terms of the story. When you feel no sympathy and are left with no reason to root for the main character whose on a non-stop death run (on her wedding), then you’re missing a whole lot of context. Ready or not, here I go! That is, go out and do anything else besides seeing this bloody mess.

P.S. I blame my “ready or not” pun overuse on this dog poop of a movie. Hey, at least Samara Weaving kept me in the theater.

GENRE: Horror, ComedyMystery

RATING: R

RUNTIME: 1 hr 35 min

RELEASE DATE: out in Theaters

‘READY OR NOT’ Score: 30%

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Written by Jim Alexander

Jim Alexander hails from Chicago where he started his journalism career as a film critic and founder of the Chicago Independent Film Critics Circle (CIFCC). He's a Rotten Tomatoes approved critic. Jim founded Reel Talker as a platform to share his love of movies and entertainment. Jim's favorite part of being a journalist is getting to meet and interview actors, filmmakers and entertainers. Jim is a host and on-camera personality for AfterBuzz TV. Aside from his work with Reel Talker, he's the site owner of the Bachelor Universe website, where he recaps and talks about all this ABC's 'The Bachelor'. He also runs the Reel Talker Podcast that can be found on iTunes. In his free time he enjoys attending sports events and playing in recreational leagues. He currently resides in Los Angeles.

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