I didn't watch To Become One determined to hate it. I never take that approach to watching a movie. It seemed interesting enough, and regardless of its low budget I was intrigued to see what it would do with it. After watching, I did think the premise was good and the main lead actress was not bad at all. But... I didn't like the rest of the movie at all. It is very amateurish, with the lighting far too dark in places and the constant switching from colour to black and white and vice versa was distracting, if this was an attempt to be innovative it was a very clumsy one. The camera shots did nothing to enhance the mood- rather obvious too often actually- and are so choppy and darkly lit that some of what is happening in the movie is incomprehensible from a visual standpoint. The writing is muddled and just doesn't have any kind of natural flow. Never once is there anything convincing or memorable. The story is even more of a mess. Much of the first half had me bored, and the film itself seems to have no idea whatsoever what it wants to be as well as being very heavy handed, which also manages to be handled clumsily. The first half is like slasher horror, this didn't work as there is a complete lack of suspense, so much predictability in the storytelling, the gore is very artificial-looking and choppily shot. At no time was I biting my nails or particularly drawn in to what was happening. The second half switches to a more psychological approach, and this may have worked if there were any characters to care about and had any compelling storytelling. The characters instead are annoying, constantly infuriating the audience with their ridiculous actions, and everything just seems so contrived. Apart from the lead girl, the acting can do nothing with their characters or dialogue, which is a real waste. In conclusion, far from one of the worst movies I've seen but one that I didn't like at all. 2/10 Bethany Cox
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