Movie Review: Truth or Dare?

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CAST: Lucy Hale, Tyler Posey and Violett Beane

DIRECTED BY: Jeff Wadlow

RELEASE DATE: April 13, 2018

 

Truth or Dare? Which one will you choose? Olivia (Lucy Hale) and her friends learn that this is a childhood game that could be the end for them all if they don’t follow the rules correctly. After the college clique take a trip for their last spring break, they learn that if they don’t tell the truth or do the dare then it’s a heavy price to pay. Jeff Wadlow, who directed the film, did a decent job with this predictable, yet heart thumping twist on horror films.

Olivia (Lucy Hale) had big plans to do a Habitat for Humanities’ mission for her last spring break as an undergraduate in college but her best friend Markie (Violett Beane) thought otherwise. After a little white lie from Markie to Olivia’s mission leader, Markie, Olivia and their friends Brad (Hayden Szeto), Lucas (Tyler Posey), Penelope (Sophia Taylor Ali) and Tyson (Nolan Gerard Funk) travel to Mexico. After a week of picture taking, partying, sightseeing and much more fun the mischievous clan wanted to end their trip with a bang.

After befriending a young man named Carter (Landon Libioron), he leads the group to an abandoned mission that reeked of decaying corpses and weird vibes but the optimistic bunch goes in and makes themselves comfortable. To spice it up Carter suggests a game of Truth or Dare but this isn’t your usual game. Carter’s turn comes up and he picks truth. He admits that he had to find a gullible girl with a group of friends and bring them to become the new players in the game. Everyone thinks he sounds crazy and leaves. It’s all the odd events that happen once they get home that scares them and even ruins their friendships with one another.

In this odd Truth or Dare, the way you play it is an evil spirit shows up that only players in the game can see. They are asked from this deep voice, “Truth or Dare”. Whichever one the person picks they must do what is dared or even answer a question that has a harsh truth. If they don’t follow the rules of the game then unfortunately the person suffers a horrific demise. A big twist to the rules is that the player must choose two truths and one dare. The group finds out the hard way when they try to do all truths.

Markie and Olivia’s friendship gets tested the entire film giving it a heart wrenching feel. I’m a huge horror movie fan and although I enjoyed the film the genre hasn’t been the same in years due to its predictability and its overusage of CGI (Computer Generated Imagery). I recommend that this film be the necessary stress reliever to your hectic Finals week Alcornites.

Thus far, the film has grossed $32.1 million domestically and $8.7 million internationally in ticket sales. As of today it has grossed $40.8 million worldwide which is not bad considering the film had a production budget of $3.5 million.

I rate Truth or Dare 8.5 stars out of 10 stars.

BreNae Scott is a Senior Mass Communications/Sports Management major from Chicago, Illinois. She will be a contributor for The Campus Chronicle for the 2018-2019 school year.

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