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Truth or Dare Movie Review

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Well, if this movie had anything going for it, it was the fact that Blumhouse was producing it. Blumhouse has a relatively consistent wide-release track record, so I was somewhat interested in seeing this movie. The trailer didn’t look great, but I’ve liked Lucy Hale in most of what I’ve seen her in, and I think that the premise of the film was interesting. Horror is also starting to become a more respected genre, and with Get Out, It, Annabelle: Creation, Happy Death Day, and more just last year, the genre is only getting hotter. Let’s see if Truth or Dare kept up the trend!

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Truth or Dare is directed by Jeff Wadlow and stars Lucy Hale, Tyler Posey, and Violett Beane. A group of friends decides to take a trip to Mexico for their final spring break together. On their last night, Olivia, played by Lucy Hale, meets a guy at a bar who brings the group of friends to a remote spot and initiates a game of Truth or Dare. After he makes an eerie confession, the game follows the friends home. Now they must tell the truth or perform the dare or die with creepy smiles on their faces.

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Before seeing the film, I expected the premise to be interesting, and I still believe that the concept is easily the most fascinating thing about the film. I’m not going to say that I had a blast watching the movie, but I did find it watchable, and I thought that the truths and dares actually made for a really interesting way to reveal information about the characters. Given, the information wasn’t the most interesting or compelling, but the way the game worked itself into the story and the characters was moderately entertaining. There are also a couple of good performances in the film. Lucy Hale, who is probably the most popular cast member, is right in the domain she planted her feet into with Pretty Little Liars: teen drama. I was also pleasantly surprised to see Hayden Szeto. He may not be the biggest star of the film, but I he was great in The Edge of Seventeen, and he was one of the better parts of Truth or Dare.

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Again, the movie is somewhat watchable, but I don’t think that it’s good by any means. The premise itself is interesting, but the mythology it’s based upon is wildly inconsistent and simple. Almost everything that is revealed about the magic and evil behind the game either contradicts what we’ve already learned or doesn’t make sense. The characters also don’t use their knowledge about the mythology in a smart way. The story is equally inconsistent, and it makes just about no sense. It might have felt a bit more polished with some consistent mythology, but even after the characters learn new information, they don’t use it to their advantage. I also didn’t care about any of the characters. I didn’t buy into their relationships, their history, or their care for each other. Of all of these friends, none of them seem even remotely concerned about the deaths of the people they supposedly love. Whenever a character dies, the rest of the group instantly moves on without any feelings or sadness. I don’t want to assume that they grieve the exact same way that I would if my friends died in unbelievable ways, but I didn’t feel the gravity of the situation. In fact, I completely forgot about each character that died, and I didn’t feel guilty about forgetting because it seemed like the living characters forgot as well.

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Overall, Truth or Dare is a January horror movie that is being released in April, likely solely because it’s the first Friday the 13th of the year. The best thing that I can say bout the movie is that the concept is entertaining, and the movie isn’t boring or unwatchable. I think it has a chance to hit with its target audience of eighth and ninth graders who just want to see a thriller with a bunch of friends on a Friday night, but nothing more. The mythology and the story are inconsistent and make no sense, and the screenplay gives the actors nothing to work with. I didn’t feel a single thing when a character died, but neither did the other characters in the film. I also don’t think that any of the scares worked. The smile ceased to bring the scares after one trailer watch, and that was really the only attempt at horror aside from the messy history of the game. I’m going to give Truth or Dare a 2/10.

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Justin Lyons

Hey, it's Justin Lyons! I am the Chief Film Critic for The Pulse. Have any questions for me? Please feel free to email me at movies@pulseradio.fm