Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Jason versus You're Next

There's been a lot of home-invasion movies released the last several years; The Purge, Mischief Night and The Strangers to name a few. While some are better than others, there's usually something missing -- and something annoying -- about them all. Where does Adam Wingard and Simon Barrett's You're Next fit in the mix? Stick with me!

When the Davison family comes under attack during their wedding anniversary getaway, the gang of mysterious killers soon learns that one of victims harbors a secret talent for fighting back.

Take note of those last two words, because that's what makes all the difference with You're Next. Someone. Fights. Back. Which people aren't supposed to do in movies like this. The victims are supposed to be self-important, well-off people who make stupid decisions and get messed up by the killer or killers.

Well, those people are in this movie too. But so is someone who fights back. In fact, this "Final Girl" is as capable as our trio of killers, if not more so. And it's awesome. Too say much more than that will ruin the watch for those who haven't seen it. Had Lionsgate pushed this element in the marketing, they'd of had a huge hit on their hands.

Why? Because the rest of the movie is smart, well made and well acted. There's twists and turns, and beautiful bloodshed. This isn't just a great slasher movie, it's a great movie. And a fun, fun ride that had me gasping out loud more than once.

You guessed it; You're Next is a Good.
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