I don’t usually watch horror movies, but somehow I ended up watching this one at the cinema (I am not going to bore you with the details). The movie starts with a quiet intriguing first scene which is disturbing in a way you would associate with horror films. It sets up what follows (no pun intended) perfectly and the story in the next 25 minutes unfolds at a steady pace which introduces the general concept, the rules of the game if you will, with an interesting cryptic style. Allowing the audience to become immersed in this terrifying experience that Jay, the lead character portrayed by Maika Monroe, is having and understand what is happening at the same time as she is.
The next part of the film is all about Jay and her ordeal and the help she receives from her friends as she tries to overcome that. More often than not it’s quiet intriguing to see how everyone involved reacts to a weird and out of the ordinary situation. Their are a few jump scares and and some half scary moments but the movie isn’t about the theatergoers being scared but rather experiencing this terrible situation with the characters and getting agitated with the predicament they face. Sometimes it comes off and sometimes it doesn’t and that is when the story starts feeling a bit stagnated.
The best thing about this movie is the way that it was shoot, which as I said before, manages at times to immerse the audience in the story and makes us empathize with the main characters, that accompanied with some good acting helps manifest the terrifying experience that the teenagers in the lead of the movie must be experiencing.