After her splendid performance in The Babysitter two years ago, Samara Weaving is back in Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett’s latest comedy-thriller outing, Ready )r Not…and trust me when I say she’s on her way to becoming the next Scream Queen!
Ready Or Not follows the story of Grace (played by Samara Weaving) who is newly married to Alex Le Domas (played by Mark O’Brien) and is propelled into playing a game of ‘Hide and Seek’ as part of her husband’s family tradition. As the game progresses, Grace discovers that her new family is attempting to kill her instead.
Many films have struggled to inject comedy elements during dark moments of a film (yes, looking at you Thor: Ragnarok). They either fall into the category of killing the emotional weight of the moment or forcing comedy just for the sake of it (looking at you again Thor: Ragnarok). Ready Or Not however, deftly avoids this, allowing the humour to remain organic in spite of it some times replacing the horror element.
Supporting Samara Weaving, the cast is fantastic from start to finish. From Adam Brody’s witty one-liners to Henry Czerny’s hilarious anger outbursts, the sheer charisma of the cast plays a huge part in making the film a gripping watch!
Directors Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett and writers Guy Busick and R. Christopher Murphy were the best things about the film!
The engaging screenplay and superb directing worked for hand in hand and complimented each other with finesse. Plot devices were smartly used and never once went overboard to ‘lazy writing’ standards. Moreover, full marks to the set design team for showcasing the essence of the house’s (a bulk of the film takes place in her husband’s house) demonic feel.
Ready Or Not is an engrossing thriller that still believes in having fun when times are shit. It perfectly balances the uncomfortable gory scenes with smart humour and does it without making a complete joke out of them.
Moreover, the film also teaches to not overanalyse a story and to just simply see it for what it actually is. Bloody, quirky, electrifying — Ready Or Not is definitely a must-watch in theatres for a fine experience!