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Lifechanger (2018)

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A murderous shapeshifter sets out on a blood-soaked mission to make things right with the woman he loves.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lora Burke ... Julia Wilson
Jack Foley ... Robert
Elitsa Bako Elitsa Bako ... Emily Roberts
Rachel VanDuzer ... Rachel
Steve Kasan ... Detective Freddie Ransone
Sam White Sam White ... Sam Richardson
Bill Oberst Jr. ... Drew (voice)
Peter Higginson ... Andrew
Adam Buller Adam Buller ... James
Brian Quintero ... Tommy
Uche Ama Uche Ama ... Jen
Mark Rainmaker ... John
Ry Barrett ... Richard
Michelle D'Alessandro Hatt ... Mary Richardson
Daniel Faraldo ... Bill
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A murderous shapeshifter sets out on a blood-soaked mission to make things right with the woman he loves.

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5 December 2018 (USA) See more »

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Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Really underwhelming if somewhat watchable effort

At the end of its cycle, a strange body-hopping being that has to keep shifting into a new host attempts to put its focus on its beloved romantic interest by killing those around her in to get close enough in order to be together only for its nature to take hold at the wrong moments.

This was a somewhat enjoyable effort. One of the finest aspects of the film is the incredibly strong and rather interesting setup featured at the start of the film. The film dives into this rather interesting creature from the start, showing off an impressive shapeshifting being that is continually on the hunt for new victims. The idea of being a shapeshifting spirit, one that can only be involved in a body for a certain period of time before it has to hop into another person which is signalled by the skin starting to rash and decompose and leak out various fluids before the change takes effect which is one of the more intriguing and enjoyable concepts for the creature here. Despite a brief tangent at the end that gives a brief look at what it is by tying into a form of Native American legend that offers a minor plot point about what he might be, on the whole, this is quite an interesting variation of the body-hopping creation. Seeing these scenes set up the series of strong and somewhat brutal kills there's some fun to be had from the numerous body-jumping sequences. Starting with the opening dismemberment of the one victim and leading into the series of confrontations at the boyfriends' house as she changes forms into several individuals, the series of random kills that she has to play out in order to stay on the move. That also includes the enjoyably thrilling and suspenseful scene of one form attempting to dodge the police force coming after her for one of the latest victims where it turns into several footchases around the neighborhood. The other big action encounter at the end offers up an enjoyable battle between the two that's more interesting than expected, and coupled with the engaging body-horror found in the finale offers up enough to like overall here to lift it up over its flaws. One of the biggest issues with the film is the difficult time it has trying to come to terms with how to tell its story. The disjointed feel of this one, especially since we follow this ever-rotating cast of hosts that make up the majority of the running time featured here, is never really explained in here. The anthology format of the film, jumping from one person to another without even catching their name or who they are, makes this difficult to keep track of who's who in the film or what they're trying to accomplish as the voiceover narration gives this more of a chaotic, narrative-less approach which doesn't make sense or generate any kind of answers once it spills its main storyline. That can make for a somewhat challenging watch as this goes along. The other issue here is the wholly underwhelming finale which is not completely based in horror at all. By going for the romance angle with the whole motivation here being to try to win her over, the main focus of not trying to hurt her turns the final half into a half-hearted romantic drama that maintains no real threat or suspense at all which really undermines a lot of the film. These here are what really hurt the film.

Rated Unrated/R: Graphic Violence, Graphic Language, Brief Nudity, a sex scene and drug use.


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