Ready folks? Here’s another new release, and this one is … strikingly similar to the previous movie I reviewed (Cheap Thrills).
Alright guys, this 2014 flick has an eerily similar plot to the last movie I reviewed, and was about as enjoyable honestly. Though, I have to say, the ending was a bit of a misfire… Anyways, here’s the plot :
A cryptic phone call sets off a dangerous game of risks for Elliot, a down-on-his luck salesman. The game promises increasing rewards for completing 13 tasks, each more sinister than the last.
Basically, a guy who desperately needs the money finds himself in a position to earn that money if he does increasingly more horrible things. Though, instead of Champ from Anchorman doling out the money and horrific challenges, its a stranger on a cell phone and a circus ringtone. For whatever reason, this movie and Cheap Thrills really worked for me. I like the concept, and when it’s pulled off right, you tend to not care that the plots are quite similar.
The actors in the movie are pretty engaging, and pull of pretty good performances. Mark Webber (Scott Pilgrim vs The World) is solid in the lead, and the supporting characters are fun to watch and pretty believable. Ron Perlman (every movie ever) shows up, and delivers his usual brand of bizarre charisma, and everyone else is just great.
The story is definitely a bit weak in some places, and does have some problems. The biggest problem with the movie, at least for me is the ending. It doesn’t ring true, and somehow just feels like a pointless gesture, considering it changes nothing except the reward for everything the main character has gone through..(spoiler alert?)
All in all, I don’t have a ton else to say about this movie, it’s fun, well shot and slick. Also, has some pretty cool special effects, and manages to hold your attention. It’s not going to redefine any genre expectations, or blow any minds, but its a fun ride, and a very watchable movie.
Final Grade : C+