Entertainment Hive 2020

Truth or Dare

Review by Honey B

Director:  Jeff Wadlow Cast: Lucy Hale, Sam Lerner, Tyler Posey, Violett Beane, Sophia Ali, Nolan Gerard Funk Plot: A harmless game of "Truth or Dare" among friends turns deadly when someone - or something - begins to punish those who tell a lie or refuse the dare. Verdict: I cannot tell a lie, this movie isn’t that scary. As the latest flick in the Blumhouse stable Truth or Dare falls into the more tween category with mild scares and little blood – perfect for a sleepover. Previous movies from this production house include the freakishly scary Get Out, Insidious and Paranormal Activity, however this movie is marketed at a younger demographic. College student Olivia (Lucy Hale) and her friends decide to take one last spring break holiday to Mexico and what could possibly go wrong? Olivia meets a young man at a bar and the hapless students end up following this guy, Carter (Landon Liboiron) to an old desecrated church for an ill-fated game of truth or dare. As the students make their way up to the old mansion, it’s like they are in a Scooby Doo mystery as they wind their way up the crumbling path by the light of the moon and mobile phone. It’s not long before the students start to slowly realise that the game is real and it follows them back to their college lives. These young people all have their own secrets to hide and the game is going to drag these hidden truths out of them. No matter where they are each one has to take their turn to play and fight to stay alive as they play. The students are asked what they want to choose, truth or dare, by ominous Joker-esque smiling people or the words could be tattooed across their arms or scribe into walls or cars. The dialogue in this movie is pretty basic and the action never really seems to pick up pace. This film feels like it should follow in the breath-stopping tracks of the Final Destination franchise, but unfortunately falls short. Hale and Beane put in strong performances as best friends, whose friendship is pushed to the limit by this relentless game. This flick is more melodramatic than daring. (Movies are rated out of 5 stars)
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