“You’re like a double threat. Brains… and you’re British.” – Ryan
Number of Times Seen – 1 (6 May 2018)
Brief Synopsis – A group of friends gather for a game night where things turn deadly after one of them is kidnapped.
My Take on it – This is yet another film that Ive been anticipating seeing for a few months since I heard it was such a fun and entertaining film.
This is a film co-directed and co-written by the great team of John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein who brought us the latest Vacation (2015) film along with Spiderman: Homecoming (2017) and Horrible Bosses (2011).
They are experts at being able to create stories that are serious on the one hand, yet have a comedic flavor to them that helps keep the tone much lighter while still giving us something fun to watch.
The cast of this film is chosen really well and the teaming of Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams is perfect because we can feel as if these characters have such a strong connection that they act as if they have been together for years.
More films need leads who work so well onscreen together.
I have always loved Kyle Chandler ever since he starred in Early Edition back in the 90’s and it was refreshing seeing him in a more comedic role since he usually plays very serious character and this show the kind of range he has as an actor.
Loved the way that the pacing of this film works really well and how they drop so many clues for the audience along the way while still keeping things ambiguous as to what is real and what is not.
This is a movie that deserves a rewatch in order to try and catch everything going on.
Bottom Line – Really fun and entertaining film. The cast is great and the chemistry between McAdams and Bateman is amazing. The story moves at a great pace and gives us so many clues along the way as to what may or may not be happening. Loved seeing Chandler is a semi-comedic role because it shows his range since he usually plays very serious ones. Daley and Goldstein are a great writing/directing team and know how to give us such enjoyable films that have a great balance between the comedy and drama of it all. Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Max (Jason Bateman) and Annie (Rachel McAdams) make a joke about child actors not amounting to much. Bateman was a child actor famous for his role in Valerie (1986). (From IMDB)
Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)
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