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23rd August
written by Adam

Following a long family tradition, new bride, Grace (Samara Weaving), is welcomed into her husband’s family with an invitation to play a game at midnight. But, what starts out with an innocent premise quickly turns dark as Grace finds herself in the line of fire from all of her new in-laws. Now, surviving the night will be the name of the game, this could be a total bloodbath. Directed by Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett, Written by Guy Busick and Ryan Murphy this splatter-fest delivers the goods with cringe worthy crossbows, stabs, gunshots, and screams all doused thoroughly with an air of ironic comedy. Not ironic but rather impressive, it’s important to point out the apparent simplicity involved here is much like a child’s game, easy to learn but takes a lifetime to master, and, in this case Bettinelli-Olpin and Gillett are well on their way to showing their clever mastery of the thriller/horror. For Weaving, niece of Hugo Weaving, the acting gene is clearly genetic as she nails this physical and psychological performance from start to finish. Cinematically one question does come up, the choice to shoot several chase scenes with a shaky hand held camera, a debatable decision, but this is splitting hairs. Come for the thrill, stay for the carnage, Ready or Not will not disappoint. Ready or Not is rated R.

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