"Arguably one of the most entertaining films I've seen all year with a barrel or laughs, blood and plenty of reasons to invest in all of the characters involved"
A young Woman's Wedding day and the Honeymoon are meant to be the happiest days of a young woman's life, the build up to the big day, whilst stress filled, has all been worth it when she finally gets to walk down that aisle to marry the man she loves, to say 'I Do' and start a new life together.
For Grace (Samara Weaving) that dream is realised when she marries Alex Le Domas (Mark O'Brien), things escalate quickly, when that night she is invited to participate in a game, said game is chosen randomly, selected by an old and creepy looking card printer.
The game chosen is 'Hide & Seek' and Grace has from midnight till dawn to hide from her in laws, sounds fairly harmless, until it is stipulated that if they find her, they will kill her.
That stipulation was conveniently not mentioned to her before she hides.... Typical!
From there her dream big day turns into a living nightmare as she is forced to fight for her life from the sadistic in laws with the exception of the reluctant husband who wanted nothing to do with the game.
I had nothing (I repeat) NOTHING but fun watching this movie from start to finish, at no point in this 94 minute bloody laugh riot did I feel that this movie was missing a single beat. The idea of turning a harmless game of Hide & Seek into a fight for survival is just a genius concept.
Samara Weaving, our protagonist has already made a name for herself in this industry with her fantastic performance in The Babysitter (Currently on Netflix so you might wanna get on that if you haven't already) and she SHINES in EVERY damn split second she is on screen. She embodies the role of a young woman thrown into this madness, she has to fight so damn hard to survive and when I say so damn hard it's because she is put through hell in this one and you are cheering her on throughout.
She is supported by a STELLAR cast of unique individual characters who have their own motives and reasons for participating in this sadistic game including Mission: Impossible's Henry Czerny, Household name Adam Brody, Elyse Levesque and the legendary Andie MacDowell, yes that Andie MacDowell!
I also liked what they did with the colour of the movie throughout as it set a very dark tone. The intentional and at times creepy music was well done also.
Arguably one of the most entertaining films I've seen all year with a barrel or laughs, blood and plenty of reasons to invest in all of the characters involved. I'm hoping this film does well so that directors Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett get another opportunity to make another fantastic film, maybe base it on another "harmless" childhood game, kudos to them and the creative team!