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Breslin, whose recent resume hasn't lived up to her Oscar nomination for "Little Miss Sunshine," needs to find something worthy of her talents. An Oscar nominee shouldn't even watch "Final Girl," much less star in it.
This patchy, underwritten thriller could almost pass for a critique of any number of genre forebears in which the mere presence of a hot, ass-kicking female avenger is meant to seem subversive.
Final Girl is the directorial debut of photographer Tyler Shields and he delivers us all a visually beautiful film!
Tasteless thriller deals with rape, assault, and abuse.
Too bloody and violent for me, but this thriller proves Abigail Breslin is all grown up now and still ready for her close ups.
Shields has made a cheeseburger with the cheese sadly left on the side.
Tyler Shields is an incredibly creative visionary, yet Final Girl is nothing but revenge cinema in its basest form (despite the film's zany personality).
"Final Girl" isn't interested in its title character beyond that of a pawn. Abigail Breslin does everything a really strong actor possibly could with this slimly conceived role, but she deserves better.
between these dual narratives is a discourse on men and women... where victimhood is up for grabs and easily distorted in its presentation - and that is the kind of confronting, uncomfortable conversation about gender that horror does best.
"Final Girl" isn't about building sympathies or establishing motives, it's purely concentrated on creating a pretty picture. Characters always come secondary to style, deflating the entire effort.
The filmmakers never really answer inevitable questions: What's the point of these fussy allusions?
One of the more entertaining and slick horror productions of the year...
Well, Abigail looks beautiful. That's about all I can really say for this.
The idea had promise and it is quirky, but it doesn't quite work unfortunately.
Abigail Breslin is the Final Girl in this rather dull indie horror film. The story follows a young girl who's trained to taken on a group of serial killers that lure women out into the woods and hunt them for sport. It's an interesting setup, but it doesn't really get explored at all; as there's no real explanation as to who the killers are, or how they were found out and selected for this brand of vigilante justice. Additionally, the plot seems especially contrived and predictable. However, there is a fair amount of tension and intrigue to the hunt and the kills. And yet, in the end Final Girl just does work on any level.
Certainly lacks a broad appeal, but is more than engaging enough to keep you its absurd premise for its 90 minute runtime.
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