Would You Rather (2012) Movie Review
Released : Oct. 14th, 2012
Reviewed : Aug. 24th, 2013
Genre : Horror
Story (From IMDB) : Desperate to help her ailing brother, a young woman unknowingly agrees to compete in a deadly game of “Would You Rather,” hosted by a sadistic aristocrat.
Would You Rather was a film suggested to me and surprisingly it was quite better than expected for a lower budget horror film.
The story follows Iris (Brittney Snow) who lives with and helps her sick brother who needs surgery. After getting the invitation from a eccentric rich man while at her doctors office to play a game for the chance to win the money for her brothers surgery she unknowingly goes not sure of what lies ahead with the game. The host of the game and dinner party Shepard Lambrick (Jeffrey Combs) starts off by just asking the guests to do something small for large amounts of cash, that includes making the sober man drink and the vegetarian eat a steak. Soon though the game turns deadly with only one winner being able to walk out alive.
Once the action picks up and the real intentions of the game come together surprisingly it stays interesting. Even with the fact that the majority of the time it stays within the same room. A few of the kills are somewhat creative and it does have some shock value to the kills. Most of the gore however is done off screen and implied. What really hurts the film however is it is really easy to tell who is going to win. I even found myself 1/4th of the way through being able to predict what the final twist of the movie. When that twist finally hit too I had to say that I was disappointed that I was right because I thought it hurt the film and left it off in a unsatisfying way.
You also find it hard to relate to some characters in the movie because other than Iris they have little to no back story. Some characters give a brief moments worth of story for why they need the money but other wise you have a room of characters with nothing to relate you to them. In other terms they are all just human targets for you to get to watch be tortured. Thankfully Brittney Snow does a good job playing Iris who is the sister who will do anything to help her brother get the surgery he needs to survive. Jeffrey Combs does a great job too playing Shepard Lambrick , the sadistic dinner host. His sadistic yet somewhat calm manner while the game happens works well with the Would You Rather game type that is being played. Sasha Grey as Amy is really the only other memorable character who is playing the game and that is because of her attitude for the majority of it. Amy is the one who from the start knows the real purpose of the game and knows that they will try and make everyone turn on each other. She is out to win at any cost. Robin Taylor though plays Julian who is Lambrick (Jeffrey Combs) mentally unstable son. When watching him in this though I just couldn’t stop picturing him from his role in the movie Accepted.
In the end I found I enjoyed this more then I would have thought. While the premise itself isn’t too original and only makes a few new twists to make it fresh, the torture and suspense pays off. Though the end may be extremely unsatisfying what happens before it will have already surprised you enough. Worth a rental for sure.