Movie Title: You’re Next
Date Released: August 23rd, 2013 USA, 2011 Toronto International Film Festival
Date Seen: August 24th, 2013
Seen With: Anna
Part 1 – Spoiler Free Quickie Review
A surprisingly decent horror film that follows a family celebrating their parents 35th wedding anniversary, before being attacked by masked murderers. Yes, you’re familiar with the story, and will guess part of the plot, but it’s done in a refreshing manner. The characters are actually well written, and stay true to their defined personality throughout the course of the night. I liked the movie for that fact, and the fact that we get a nice mix of emotions when the killing begins. Usually in horror movie it seems most everyone freaks out, with one person taking charge. No, this movie you have a mix of emotions – no one really able to establish themselves as being “in charge”, one person going into shock and sobbing uncontrollably, one woman not being able to speak or move or get over what happens, some confused but trying to help. It’s pretty satisfying seeing how each character reacts to the situation.
The acting was done well, for the most part. One of the brothers, Felix (Nicholas Tucci), I found a little annoying. His character was pretty odd as well. He seems to be kind of OCD, but it’s never really explained or for a point. Really, other than showing that he’s weird too – just like most people in the family. There was SO much family tension and awkwardness in that family that was never explained. I was kind of let down by that. Erin (Sharni Vinson) was AWESOME. Her character was well-written, she acted it out well, and she was just a bamf. I wanted to see so much of her character, and luckily, she’s a main feature so that was great. You figure out pretty early that this girl can handle her shit and won’t just sit and cry like some of the others in the house.
But, on the other hand, the killings are pretty great. There’s a lot of satisfying moments. Especially with characters not just sitting there and taking. A couple are pretty active at trying to save their skins, and even one guy who is shot through the shoulder and passed out from blood loss manages to lend a helping hand at one point. The plot was decent, and there actually managed to be one surprise to me at the end. If I really would have thought ahead about what was going to happen – I probably would have figured this part out, but I was having such a good time enjoying the movie that I just sat back and enjoyed the ride. Definitely give it a watch.
Part 2 – In Depth Spoiler Ridden Review
If you’re wondering who the killers are – they’re three guys hired by one of the brothers to kill everyone in the family. Apparently, the parents are SUPER rich. As in so rich, that they are paying the killers $200,000 each (so $600,000 for 3 killers). If that $600,000 is just what they are paying the guys to do the dirty work, you don’t even want to think about how actually rich they are. But the twist, is that the nice brother we come to love who disappears halfway through the movie (gone to “look for help”) is in on it as well. Didn’t see that one coming. But, his girlfriend who has figured out what is going on kills him. Yay.
There’s one home alone type scene where the girl sets up traps around the house that I LOVED. It was a home alone for grownups with nail boards at windows, an axe waiting to slam someone in the head at a door (which you get to see). It was exceedingly satisfying.
Give it a watch, it is surprisingly good and fun watching how the people all react to the situation.