Would You Rather (2012) Movie Review

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Would You Rather (2012)

2012 | R | Horror, Thriller
93 minutes / 1h 33min

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Would You Rather Plot Synopsis:

A young woman, desperate to help her sickly brother, accepts a dinner invitation to what seems to be easy money. As soon as she arrives to dinner, she realizes that playing the "game" is deadly for its losers. She and several others spend the night being terriorized in a game of would you rather.

Would You Rather (2012) Review

Would You Rather (2012) is a low budget film that contains rigid/bad language, violence, suspense, thrills and little gore. It is a nice scary horror movie that does not contain too much visual gore scenes. I like this movie because it makes you think, if I were in that same exact situations, what would I have done? It will make you think, will you really do anything for money? The suspense in this movie captured my utmost attention from the beginning of the game to the very ending.

David Guy Levy (Guess Who’s Coming, MashUpPiece Theater: The Wire/Trailer Park Boys, A Love Affair of Sorts) is the director and I believe he executed it really well for a low budget movie.

Iris (Brittany Snow - Pitch Perfect, Pitch Perfect 2, The Potters) and Raleigh (Logan Miller - Explosion, The Arm, Grimm, Ultimate Spider-Man) are orphaned siblings who face illness and financial difficulties. Raleigh has leukemia and needs a bone marrow transplant but they have no money for treatment. Iris is then invited to a dinner party game with 7 other contestants. The winner at the end of the game will receive monetary help from the Lambrick foundation. The guests soon find out that they will be playing a game called "Would You Rather" and they will have to act out their choices.

There is four rounds to this deadly game. The first round is pretty much not painful as the other rounds. They all wear a headband (two at a time) and decide if they will be shocked or the other person will be shocked. Everyone got shocked at least once and everyone survived the first round. The second round consists of either you stabbing someone with an ice pick or they get whipped three times. The second round resulted in one more death so now there is only a few players left for round three.

The remaining players found the game to be too deadly and tried to run away. Cal got shot and died because he tried to escape before the third round started. Iris tried to escape the game by exiting through the basement but Bevan’s (Jonny Coyne - African Gothic, Nightcrawler, Alcatraz) son Julian (Robin Taylor - The Walking Dead, Another Earth, Cold Comes the Night) captures iris and tries to rape her. Iris then stabs Julian in the thigh with the ice pick before Bevan intervenes and takes her back to the table to continue with round three.

Round three game consists of making a decision between the known and unknown. The known is that you have to keep your head in a bucket of water for two minutes and the unknown is drawing a card that has something that you have to do. Peter chose a card and he had to tape fireworks on to his hand and light it. His hand blew off and he had a heart attack and died. Lucas also draws a card and is forced to slit open one of his eyes which he did and survived. Iris chose to put her head in the bucket of water for two minutes and survived. Amy chose a card which said she has to spend four minutes in the barrel and she died.

Iris and Lucas is the only survivor for round four and Iris has the choice to spare Lucas and both of them walk away with no money or to shoot Lucas and take the money. Iris shot Lucas and returned home with the money. Is she in time or too late to save her brother from this battle?

I saw the scary horrifying trailer of this movie and was expecting it to be a rating of 8 or 9 but instead it got a rating of 6. I couldn’t connect to any characters as I did in other movies. I could not connect because everyone’s motives in the game was not explained/told. The soundtrack was basic but at the same time created an atmosphere of true evil.

  • Would You Rather Rating Scores
  • Our Score: 6
  • Overall Score: 5.00
  • IMDB: 5.7
  • MetaCritic: 2.0
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 5.7

About Would You Rather 2012

Title: Would You Rather
Year: 2012
Runtime: 93 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Score: 3 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 2.5/5 stars from 31,085 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 31,085
MPAA Rating: R
Would You Rather Cast Starring: Jeffrey Combs, Larry Cedar, John Heard, Logan Miller, Enver Gjokaj, Bobby C. King, Jonny Coyne, Sasha Grey, Eddie Steeples, Brian Nemiroff, Robin Lord Taylor, Brittany Snow, Lawrence Gilliard Jr., Charlie Hofheimer, June Squibb, Robb Wells, Ptolemy Slocum, Adam Mayfield
Would You Rather Writers: NA
Would You Rather Director: David Guy Levy
Production: IFC Films
Language: English
Country: USA