Bethrothed (2016) Movie Review

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2016 | Thriller
90 minutes /

User Score: 55/100

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Bethrothed Review


A trip to the store turns into a surreal nightmare when a college student is kidnapped by a deranged...

Betrothed (2016) is a 90-minute American thriller movie that was filmed in Neenach, California, USA and Lancaster, California, USA. Director Jim Lane (Deadly Famous (2014)) did not succeed in making this film something that I would recommend to fans who are looking for a real thrill riding movie. The movie was a well paced entertaining movie where some characters need more character development, and the uninspired gore did not make the film any better.

Betrothed starts by showing us a young female stranded with car trouble only to receive help from two guys who are not so helpful. They drugged/sedated her, took her to their home in the woods, raped her and then one of the brothers killed her while the other brother and mother watched with joy. The boy’s mother Ginnie (Bunny Gibson - The Back-up Plan (2010), Creepshow 3 (2006), Silence Speaks (2013), Karla (2006)) is a highly religious woman. Ginnie is the mastermind behind everything that happens who apparently has a screw or two loose. She wants to find good wives for her sons who will make her grandchildren’s, and if they cannot give her that, then their blood will be spilled.

The movie progresses to introduce us to Audra West (Mikayla Gibson - Juan in a Million (2012), Kate Allen Is Getting a Life (2016), Moments of Clarity (2015)) who is home from college. Audra stops at a grocery/convenience stop and saw one of the brothers, Adam, and we all know what follows. Adam (Jamie B. Cline) sedated her and took her home to become his slave and wife. Adam’s other brother Nate ( Adam Dunnells - I Spit on Your Grave: Vengeance is Mine (2015), Mega Shark vs. Kolossus (2015), Blue Room (2013), Secret Agenda (2012)) has a slave/wife who takes an awful lot of abuse. Nate and Adam chain their wives and think that the females will learn to love them over time.

This family is in for the surprise of their life because they just messed with a chick, Audra that can take care of herself but Audra is in for a surprise as well because the family might retaliate more than she thought. I was in total disbelief to see that the majority of the town is somehow related or knows of the family. All of the CGI is not perfect (severed finger with awful CGI blood) and there are some pretty good practical effects. The mother and sons do not look like sad**tic killers and torturers which lead me to say that they did not fit their roles/characters because it was not believable. They were more lovable than spewing hatred

Why was Lester Cooper (Bill Oberst Jr. - Deadly Revisions (2013), Abraham Lincoln vs. Zombies (2012), Scary or Die (2012), The Retrieval (2013)) only given a few scenes. Bill Oberst Jr. so fit this movie and should have had more screen time because he would have done wonders for this film which could have taken it to another level or two.

About Bethrothed 2016

Title: Bethrothed
AKA: Betrothed
Year: 2016
Runtime: 90 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Thriller
Score: 1.5 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 2.7/5 stars from 11 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 11
Starring: Bill Oberst Jr., David Reynolds, Willow Hale, David Brown, Adam Dunnells, Suze Lanier-Bramlett, Bunny Gibson, David Fernandez Jr., Elizabeth Castillo, Jamie B. Cline, Leticia Farr, Tim Gilberg, Amy Lindsay, Omar Gooding, Malek Hanna, Trent Kerpsack, Venk Modur, Charyse Monet, Nailya Shakirova, Steven Vance, Dawn Vaughn, Joey Bell, Trae Ireland, Reatha Grey, Mikayla Gibson, Isabela Herrera, Sheila Marie
Writers: Jeff Rosenberg
Director: Jim Lane