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The flick rises above the usual pack of copycats to deliver a world mostly of its own
As lazy, obvious, and tiresome as retreads get. Also witless.
Some of the plotting feels trite, erratic, but overall I enjoyed this genre entry, as much for Pollak's fussbudget sheriff as the memorably haunting denouement.
But the last third is a disaster, everything that happens both asinine and illogical, and by the time it was over I could have cared less about any of the characters, their plight or if the killer was going to be stopped one smidgen of a single bit.
after several torturous Saw-like moral dilemmas and lots of delving into characters' troubled histories, the film fails to deliver a satisfying ending.
Like Cherry Falls and Se7en had a baby. A much, much worse baby.
Kevin Pollak must have been in need of a paycheck, I guess...
What. A. Film! The number of films that are nowadays just generic trash with very little thought put into them or with a lack of story. This film may not be the best at conveying story, but it is certainly a good film with a good story.
Many people who know me well enough will be able to tell I have a strong passion for horror films because they tend to have a quality that other film genres don't have: fear. But now I am finding horrors are becoming, again, generic, predictable and unscary. Choose may not be scary, but certainly shocked and put me on edge a lot of the time, with four life-changing and impossible choices that were ridiculously harsh, whilst still cleverly crafted.
What helps keep this film only on the border of torture porn is the fact that it tends to focus on the detective and investigation side. This means there is lots you don't fully know about the killer because you don't see him much. Saw was not good at avoiding interacting with the killer, spending majority of films 3-7 with the killer!
Anyway, the film is allround clever, dark, harsh, violent and with a very creepy ending. I wish I had kept the same atmosphere the second time I watched it, but unfortunately me and my mate just kept mocking the film and another guy I know at the same time. Oh dear!
Cast: Katheryn Winnick, Nicholas Tucci, Kevin Pollak, Richard Short, Bruce Dern
Director: Marcus Graves
Summary: Years ago, a sadistic killer forced Fiona Wagner to choose between saving her father or her mother's life. But now that same killer appears to be back with an even more incomprehensible choice, and Fiona partners with her dad to find the murderer.
My Thoughts: "The summary above I was given is a bit misleading. The 'Killer' doesn't make Fiona choose between saving her father or mother, although he does do that to another girl. I wouldn't say Fiona teams up with her father in catching the killer but more pushes herself onto the case for other reasons. I won't say if the killer does or doesn't have anything to do with her mothers death just in case some of you "Choose" to watch this film. Now about the film, it was mediocre. The suspense is OK but the thrill for me was not there. Having to make the choices was an interesting concept but it wasn't executed very well. The whole film isn't done very well honestly. The killer isn't at all scary, not even his voice. A man in a hoodie sweatshirt and with a little bit of a high voice just isn't that threatening or scary, well at least for me. The ending was just awful. Eye rolling worthy. The acting by the two leads isn't bad, it's really the story that makes the film teetering on awful and just OK."
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