After kidnapping and brutally assaulting two young women, a gang unknowingly finds refuge at a vacation home belonging to the parents of one of the victims: a mother and father who devise an increasingly gruesome series of revenge tactics.
A soldier introduces himself to the Peterson family, claiming to be a friend of their son who died in action. After the young man is welcomed into their home, a series of accidental deaths seem to be connected to his presence.
Aubrey and Paul Davison welcome his family for a reunion in their isolated vacation house. Their sons Crispian comes with his girlfriend Erin; Felix with his girlfriend Zee; Drake with his wife Kelly; and their daughter Aimee comes with her boyfriend Tariq. When they are ready to have dinner, they are attacked by a stranger with a crossbow, and Drake is wounded by an arrow and Tariq dies. They discover that their cell phones are jammed and they are trapped in the house. Erin tries to protect the house, closing doors and windows, but the masked killers murder the members of the family. Are the killers lunatic? What is the motive for slaughtering the Davison family? Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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not the game changer it was hyped up to be but a good film
You're Next is a slasher film directed by Adam Wingard. it's a movie with some heart and genuine care put into its production. while being originally released in 2011 it didn't get a wide release until the year 2013. during it's wide release it was marketed as a game changing horror movie. this was not a smart move. although the movie is widely considered good I think that it could have easily been received better if it was not marketed this way. I know that upon my first viewing I was extremely underwhelmed because I thought I was going into something that was going to change the genre. it wasn't until my second viewing that I really sat back and took it for what it was. You're Next is an excellent slasher film with some real heart and effort put into it. it takes itself seriously and does a great job of hitting all the notes that it wanted to hit. there is also a dash of black comedy thrown in there which was fun.
when talking about the camera work in You're Next I have mixed feelings. there were portions of the film that the camera work was effective and other portions where it wasn't. for the most part it doesn't seem as if the camera is on a tripod or crane and is instead in the directors hands, this makes some scenes feel more intense and have more of a sense of urgency. but at the same time other scenes feel as if they are filmed with an unnecessary amount of shakiness and it ultimately becomes annoying.
the score in this film is definitely one to remember. it complements what's happening on screen and actually unnerves the viewer in a way that no amount of jump scares ever could. the first half of the movie the score does a great job of building tension with every stroke of the violin, later in the film the score becomes something signature and gives the movie a classic vibe that is very memorable.
in the acting department there really isn't anything special going on here. everyone does a fine job. but just fine. with the exception of the lead girl. she ends up doing a pretty good job but isn't exactly memorable or captivating. she is definitely above the rest though. while her character plays a pivotal role in what makes the film work well. I don't think it was because of her performance. more so how her character was written. the strength and craftiness of her character was a pleasure to watch and was certainly entertaining. the villains are all obviously masked and don't end up saying too much but when they do they do a fine job, but again they are only memorable because of how they were written, and also because of how they looked. the sheep, tiger and wolf masks were memorable and solidified the 3 villains of this movie as solid slasher antagonists. I will say in the one scene where the villains actually do speak they are humanized to an extent and this was interesting.
when it comes to the story/plot it's fairly run of the mill but with a little twist that is revealed part way through. while not the game changer it was marketed to be it was definitely a strength of the film. it was something fresh, but not as interesting as it could have been because of a lack of character development and backstory. this is where I detract a few points. if this idea was more fleshed out it could have added a great deal of suspense to the film. ill explore this idea by firstly saying that the intro (first 20 mins or so) to all of our characters seemed rather pointless. everything that we learned in the first 20 mins could have easily been shown to us at the dinner table scene in 5 minutes or less. the intro could have been used to flesh out the back story or the motive behind what was going on. not making this concept a twist and instead having the audience be in on the "twist" could have produced some scenes of tension and suspense, as well as opened up the door for some more dark comedy to be implemented. even still, keeping it the way it was, I felt the twist was revealed at a weird time and wasn't nearly as effective as it could have been. it should've been revealed later, or earlier. but overall the plot was still a breathe of fresh air in a sub genre that has been kicking around for ages using the same old plot. there was certainly more potential there though.
the conclude this review I will say that You're Next solidifies Adam Wingard and Simon Barret as a duo to keep your eye on in the future. they craft a great and memorable slasher film here.
the verdict: 6.5/10
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