This movie is AWESOME! And oh so dark. Yes, this plot has been done numerous time before with films like 13 Sins, Cheap Thrills and 13: Game of Death. Each film is good in its own right, but Would You Rather is better than good with an amazing knack for tension building and a great cast that captures the audience’s attention from beginning to end.
The movie has an array of different characters. Iris (played by Brittany Snow) is the main character in a large supporting cast. I won’t go into every character, but each plays an important and prominent role. Some highlights include iconic Jeffrey Combs (known for Re-Animator, From Beyond, Bride of Re-Animator, and countless other cult horror films) playing the demented host; and porn-star Sasha Grey and actor John Heard as contestants, rounding out the talented bunch.
Iris (Snow) has a terminally sick brother and is trying to make ends meet without any family support. Rich entreprenteur, Lambrick (Combs), offers a way to help Iris with her brother’s medical costs by inviting her to a dinner game with other contestants, setting the winner up for life.
The game goes for the jugular, hitting contestant with personal problems like making a vegetarian eat meat for $10k and having a sober man drink liquor for $50k. But this is only the beginning, my friends. It gets much, much worse, as any horror fan can imagine. Thus begins, “would you rather”. Pick A or B, eliminating players until a winner is crowned. These contestants now realize that they have signed up for a game to the death.
What is really interesting about this film is the character development. Making decisions under duress brings out individual’s true colors- some admirable and heroic, some vile and shameful. The acting is surprising top-notch and the tension is practically unbearable. It is so intense and enormously captivating that I never wanted to look away from the scene. And to top it off, we get a real SHOCK of an ending. This movie gets five stars for its stimulating and jolting effort. I loved this movie when it came out in 2012 and I still loved it upon second viewing. Watch it now on Netflix!
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