Truth or Dare

Olivia Barron, her best friend Markie Cameron, Markie’s boyfriend Lucas Moreno, along with Penelope Amari and her boyfriend Tyson Curran, and Brad Chang go on a trip to Rosarito, Mexico. In Mexico, Olivia runs into fellow student Ronnie who proceeds to harass her until a man intervenes on her behalf. The man introduces himself as Carter and eventually convinces her and her friends to join him for drinks at the ruins of a mission. There, Carter initiates a game of Truth or Dare with Olivia and her friends, plus Ronnie, who followed the group. Eventually, the game ends when Carter reveals that he deceived Olivia as a means of tricking her and her friends to the mission to offer them in his place in the supernatural game of Truth or Dare. As Carter leaves, he explains to Olivia that the game will follow them and they must not refuse it..

Director: Jeff Wadlow
Cast: Lucy Hale, Tyler Posey, Violett Beane 

Review: That makes for a movie that is almost never scary, something that will surely rub certain moviegoers the wrong way. In the place of scares, you get a delicious, giddy avalanche of truth bombs and backstabbing betrayal that make for a fine supernatural soap. Director Jeff Wadlow struggles with tone at times, but he employs a good sense of timing and clearly knows what kind of movie he’s making, allowing the audience to have fun with it instead of turning into a self-serious drudge. A second act set-piece involving an alcoholic, a big bottle of vodka and the perils of gravity delivers the kind of fun-fuelled thrills you wish the movie had a bit more of. Indeed, it’s a shame the film didn’t expend more energy coming up with clever or surprising kills and scare gags — surely a missed opportunity, even if they had to keep it PG-13 — but what we do get is plenty entertaining, filled with gasp-worthy moments and a surprising, profoundly dark moral cynicism.

Verdict: Worth the Home Popcorn

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