REVIEW: Jeff Wadlow’s “Truth or Dare” (2018)

I wanna play a game. In this game, if you don’t do what you’re told, you die. But it’s not Jigsaw who’s tormenting people, it’s a demon called Calax forcing people to play Truth or Dare.

Truth or Dare is a horror-thriller film directed by Jeff Wadlow about a group of college friends who took a trip to Mexico for spring break, expecting loads of fun and drinking…only to wind up playing a twisted, high-stakes game. The plot is like Saw had a baby with Stay Alive. You play to live, and if you don’t do what’s expected, you die. Huge bummer for party-going college kids on their last ever spring break.

So, here’s our characters. The two best friends who have secrets within their secrets, Olivia and Markie. Olivia is an innocent-acting, goodie-two-shoes who’s secretly in love with the other’s boyfriend. Markie is a total slut who also really misses her dad. Lucas is Markie’s boyfriend, and he sometimes wishes he was with Olivia instead. Brad is openly gay to everyone except his homophobic cop father. Penelope has a drinking problem, and does whatever her boyfriend, Tyson tells her to do. Then Tyson wants to be a doctor and to help him prepare to write his future prescriptions, he writes fake ones to sell to his classmates.

What a great big bunch of friends. There’s also Ronnie, a dirty sleazebag trying (and failing) to get into everyone’s pants. And Carter, the guy who brings this whole mess down upon these kids. All normal, all good. Then the game gets everyone’s secrets out into the open. There’s fighting, there’s “I can’t believe you’d do this to me” type of drama.

I wanted to see this movie in theaters but didn’t. Then I planned on watching it on Amazon or something at some point but never did. Until, I started a seven-day free trial for Cinemax just so I could watch My Soul to Take. Turns out Truth or Dare is on there. All this time I’ve waited, only to be disappointed.

I wish I could say I liked this movie, but I really didn’t. It was boring and the idea is overused. Play the game or die. And what’s with the only way to stop the game is to chant something in Spanish seven times then cutting out your tongue? Seems excessive, if you ask me. It all just seemed stupid.

Then, it didn’t even end in a sensible way. The whole movie, Olivia was shown to be this caring, selfless person who would kill herself before she would anyone else. She was even asked in the very beginning of the film if she would let all her friends and herself be killed, or millions of other people. She chose to save the millions of others. Then, at the end, she did just the opposite. She made a YouTube video about the game and asked the world, truth or dare? Like, she just sentenced everyone who will ever see the video to death.

In other words, this girl singlehandedly purged the world. Out of character and insane. If she truly wanted to save her and her friend, just end it then and there. So, none of them would have to suffer ever again.

I rate it 3/10 stars. The 3 is for Lucy Hale alone. Give it a watch and tell me what you think.

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