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Scarlett Alice Johnson,
A group of college students visit a secluded vacation home to celebrate their upcoming graduation. The fun doesn't last long when a sadistic psychopath forces them to participate in his deadly contest. The rules are simple -- in order to survive they must kill each other. As tension builds, and relationships begin to crumble, they realize that only one can make it out alive. Could you trust your boyfriend? Your girlfriend? Your best friend? Only one can go home. So who will be the last man or woman standing? Written by
Keep your friends close and your enemies closer and your friends who may be enemies closer still and enemy friends . . . . . ohhh just watch the film.
This movie starts with a man entering a psychiatrist's office and being told that he will continue treatment, despite having served his prison sentence, because he appears to believe that anyone in his situation would make the same choice that he did - he cut the rope and let his friends die in a mountain climbing incident that he alone survived. And so our patient/criminal/psychopath spends the rest of the movie proving that others would make that decision and his group of unknowing experimental subjects includes a number of partying teens who soon start to panic when an ultimatum is delivered - only one of them can be left alive to leave safely at six a.m. or everyone will die. Will the friends kill each other to save themselves.
It's not a bad idea, although it's not the most original one, and it's all done with a bit of spit and polish to show that those involved actually tried to make something decent. Sadly, while it's decent it's nothing great.
The direction from Chris Moore is unfussy and services the material but there's not much done to disguise the fact that the movie consists of people becoming suspicious of each other and trying to save their own asses for most of the runtime. Having said that, it's not half bad for his first turn in the big chair. The script, by first-timer Kelly C. Palmer, doesn't do too badly either. Characters are quickly sketched out and we get just what we need to care about who is/may be about to die before things turn violent.
Cast-wise, everyone does okay with what they're given. Agnes Bruckner, Patrick John Flueger, Taryn Manning, Daniel Franzese, etc, have all done enough to be vaguely familiar (I certainly thought I'd seen some of the cast in other movies and recognised Franzese immediately from his great role in Mean Girls) and don't do anything to embarrass themselves here.
There's no special extra oomph here, nothing to make this a must-see, but it's a decent enough time-filler and much better than numerous other horror/thrillers that have been released lately and have focused on some decidedly warped moral compasses. I'd also have to say that the little coda at the end was actually quite enjoyable and made me smile just as the end credits started to roll.
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