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Fortune Defies Death (2018)

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The Woods family gathers at a cabin resort to hear the last will and testament of their wealthy patriarch George Woods ten years after his death. All vying for the much-anticipated Woods' ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Julie R. Ølgaard ... Katharine
Justin Ray ... Randy
Shelby Lyon ... Nadia
Emily Shah ... Mona (as Emily Anila Shah)
Evan Boymel Evan Boymel ... Scott
Mike Maolucci ... Charlie
Jane Edwina Seymour ... Stacey
Jack G. Davis ... Mr. Pearson
Kaitlyn McCormick ... Young Nadia
Josh Madson Josh Madson ... Jeff
Debbie Sheridan ... Mrs. Jordan
G. Larry Butler ... George Woods
Bluebelle Saraceno ... Young Mona
Aneela Qureshi ... Rima
Kirk Ryde ... Detective Bechmann


The Woods family gathers at a cabin resort to hear the last will and testament of their wealthy patriarch George Woods ten years after his death. All vying for the much-anticipated Woods' fortune, the players include his greedy sister and her grandson, an eccentric niece and two ambitious nephews, his mistress, and his missing daughter's husband with their amnesiac granddaughter. Before the players can stake their claim to the family fortune, each must survive the family attorney's investigation into the mysterious disappearance of Woods' adopted daughter Mona. Why did Mona suddenly run away before the death of Woods? Will she show up to claim her fortune, or was her disappearance the result of a conspiracy? As the story unfolds, family members turn on each other and murder is the weapon of choice to reveal a dark secret.

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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Rated R for language, drug use and brief violence






Release Date:

18 August 2018 (USA) See more »

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A twisted mystery with all things unexpected
27 March 2018 | by ladybugonfilmSee all my reviews

Fortune Defies Death is a traditional "lock room" mystery. It features nine characters in a secluded cabin to read the will left ten years earlier. Heavy dialogue but not overly talky because of a clever screenplay and lush visuals. Although the film is a serious whodunit, it has many funny moments that reminds me about Clue (1985). Yet the difference between Fortune Defies Death and other murder mysteries is that the film has a strong emotional backdrop - the necklace and the three generations that shrewdly plugin as a crucial element to solve a deadly mystery for a terrifying conclusion.

The film sets the timeline from 1980s to 2014 that invites a deep thought during and afterward with every moment leading to a constant guess of what is really happening next. The pace is being calculated carefully so you wouldn't even notice that you have come through from one step to another in a complicated situation. The powerful and intense atmosphere of dread and stress throughout those idiosyncratic eccentric characters have made the film unique and poignant which may stay with you for a while - I can't think of any murder mystery like this before and it certainly made me cry and frightened.

The chemistry between the characters builds up organically and it only takes a very little time to figure out their relationship. I think the overall performance is appropriate but my tribute goes to Julie R. Ølgaard - the Headhunters (2011) star who plays Katherine as a breezy, funny and eccentric niece of the rich uncle.

With its dark forest landscapes, ornate interiors and subdued lightings, Fortune Defies Death is an excellent movie to watch on a cold night next to a fireplace with a glass of wine. I watched the movie at its premier and I hope it's available on Amazon or Netflix soon if it's not for a wide theatrical release.

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