Ready or Not

Ready or Not ★★½

Admirable, but not entirely engaging. 

Andie MacDowell always puts on a delightfully watchable performance, and the anti-industrial, wealth-hogging, capitalist, bigwig satire is a bit too obvious for my tastes, but it seems to be working for others. The humor is also a bit hit or miss for me as well... I’d prefer if characters didn’t spit out one-liners like they’re Deadpool.

My biggest takeaway, however, was just how stale it can be spending 90 minutes watching characters run around a mansion with no regard for the audience’s spatial awareness. David Fincher fixed this issue with the establishing shots in Panic Room nearly 20 years ago, so I don’t really see much of an excuse. There are even security cameras that could have been used to introduce where these rooms are in relation to one another. Unfortunately, characters seem to teleport in and out of scene, like a stage play, depending on who’s needed for any particular line delivery or “ah ha! gore!” moment and it devours any possible tension there may have been otherwise.

Still, there are some affective moments. The ending caught me a bit off guard (in a good way... a really good way) and also Samara Weaving punches a little boy in the face, which was funnier than any “joke” spat out by the comic relief character.

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