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1.0 out of 5 stars Would you rather be disappointed, or watch this movie?, February 15, 2013
This review is from: Would You Rather (Amazon Video)
If you went by the trailer and the striking poster, you would think "This movie is about to test my gag reflex, and I will probably watch it through my fingers." Well, I have seen the extreme's of the Torture Porn genre from pretty well every region of this globe and I can tell you right now this isn't even as bad as the original Saw. I have come to really like Magnet as of late they have been pretty good about putting movies that may have fallen under the radar movies like Rubber, John Dies At the End, and V/H/S come to mind, and they are usually pretty good at marketing their movies correctly. But this is a horrible representation of Magnet as a whole. Sure, not every release will be stellar, but this is just pure false advertisement.

The movie center's around Iris, an unemployeed girl buckling under the weight the debt her parent's left behind (which was never really delved into), and taking care of her sick brother who needs a Bone Marrow Transplant. Iris is offered an out in the form of a game, a game that if she wins she will have all of her debt whiped clean, her brother will skip the line for a transplant, and a little extra for her to back to school and make something of herself. Obviously, Iris and 7 other people find themselves in the middle of a twisted version of the childrens game Would you rather. From there it's below par genre fare, till the extremely predictable ending.

So, you may be asking yourself "why do you dislike this movie so much?" To answer simply it's boring, short, and not what was promised. The game consists of 4 rounds, each round making the promise to be more "extreme" than the last, only to not deliver in that promise. The characters are see through and outside of a short and breif introduction, you are never really let in as to why they are there, and what they stand to gain from even doing it. The before the actual game stuff was better than the supposedly more horrifying sutff that was to come after. Before the game 2 people are asked to go against their very moral fiber, in an effort to test the waters and prove that everyone has a price. Once the actual game begins the movie rolls down hill and never picks up speed again. The first round is probably the most simplistic thing they could have possibly done, "would you rather electrocute yourself, or someone else." Instead of making this portion quick and then letting in the slower more painful to watch stuff later (like they should have done) you seriously have to watch everyone at the table make the same decision 7 times. After this they just start thinning the herd way way too quick, and usually not by the choices they are being forced to make. Which pretty much defeats the purpose.

Eventually after a failed escape attempt, it would appear that finally this movie is about to bring the uneasiness that is promised by the trailers and the elaborate poster. Well, welcome to cut-away-ville. Anytime something is happening they cut away to show the shock and horror on everyone elses face, but not putting that shock and horror on yours. The scene that the poster is derived from lasts about a fraction of a second and you see nothing, not even the aftermath, because the person holds their hand over it for the rest of the movie. I'm not someone who particulary needs straight up gore and torture to like a movie, actually if it was nothing but gore and torture, I would probably hate it, but this movie doesn't even have a decent plot to stand on. The only gore you will see in this movie is someones bloody back, and only through their shirt, so I feel that is false advertising, give me a nausea inducing poster, with a trailer hinting that it's going to be gory, and give me nothing to that effect, and I can't help but feel let down.

This movie tries to play itself like a Saw movie, but it just can't compete. Everything happens way to quick to accomodate it's little over 90 minute run time, the story is non-existant, the gore it promises is non-existant, there is no character development so you don't even care who lives or dies, and it's incredibly predictable. This movie could have been good, the premise was good, but it shouldn't have come out yet, it needed an extreme re-write and it never got it, it feels like it was written in a day, on one linear path, and could have gotten away with a PG-13 rating. If you are addicted to movies like Saw, you will probably still not like Would You Rather, if you are a fan of a slow-burn suspensful movie, you still probably won't like Would You Rather, if you love Torture Porn, you will really hate Would You Rather. Do yourself a favor, pass on this movie, spend your money on a movie with a complete script, watch I Saw the Devil instead, go back and watch Saw II again, you will save yourself a very boring 90 minutes.
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Initial post: Jun 17, 2013 8:58:30 PM PDT
Georgedc says:
GOOD!

Let your Butthurt Flow!

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 25, 2013 6:04:43 PM PDT
That was constructive.
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