The Truth About ‘Truth Or Dare’

Truth or Dare came out on April 13, 2018, and is about a very vicious game of truth or dare. The director is Jeff Waldow, who has directed many movies in this genre. The company that produced the film is Blumhouse Productions, who also produced Get Out (2017) and Insidious: The Last Key (2018). The producers are Couper Samuelson and Jason Blum. The screenplay was written by Michael Reisz, Jillian Jacobs, and Jeff Waldow. It had a budget of $3.5 million.

This is the ‘Truth Or Dare’ movie poster.

Perhaps movie fans would’ve thought that a film with a budget of $3.5 million, and produced by people who have expertise in making horror movies, could produce another good movie. However, they struck out with this one. This was not a horror movie, it was just labeled as a “horror movie”. It was not in any way original, like Happy Death Day (also produced by Blumhouse, 2017).  The film follows a group of friends going to Mexico for spring break. While they are there, they play a game of truth or dare. Unfortunately, this releases a demon who turns this game into a deadly one.

That is incredibly unrealistic. Horror movies must play on psychological fears in order to scare people. They have to be based off realistic or logical reasoning. The game of truth or dare in Mexico is realistic and could happen. Sure, they characters could play a game of truth or dare in Mexico. Strangely, they played it in an abandoned church, where the demon was trapped. The first part is not as realistic. Why would they be playing truth or dare in an abandoned church? How did they get in, why did they want to, and isn’t that breaking and entering?

The story goes on, and the man, Carter, who brought the main characters into the church explains the rules to a main character, Olivia. Once a player are asked “truth or dare”, she’s in the game. If the player choses dare and then refuses to do the dare, she dies. If the two people before her choose truth, you she must choose a dare. If the player doesn’t choose either truth or dare, the consequence is still the same- death. These death scenes involved no gore, no jump scares, and barely any blood.

In scene one of the movie, it shows a girl who is dared to burn another person in a store. It would’ve been much more scary if they focused in on the body burning, but instead they dropped the subject really quickly. The writers could’ve played some ominous music, or let the viewers watch the body burn. They really could’ve used this scene to their advantage. I don’t think that the writers handled suspense as well as they could have. Another example of the misuse of suspense is when the characters did not complete dares, they died on the spot. I think that the writers could’ve made the characters die slowly instead of killing them on the spot.

I also did not like when the characters were asked ‘truth or dare?’  They were asked when they were either all alone or when they were in a vulnerable position. It was interesting at first, but eventually I found a pattern. The movie only showed them alone and vulnerable when they were being asked, but not at any other time. If the movie showed the characters vulnerable at other points besides when they were being asked, I think it would have made a pattern less visible.

I think that the idea of truth or dare as the basis for a horror movie is interesting, but too broad. I think that the directors could’ve played with this idea a lot more than they did and would’ve made it the film more entertaining.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi Review

There was just so much hype for this movie, and in the end, all fans got was disappointment. Following the massive success of 2015’s “The Force Awakens,” which was directed by J.J Abrams, “The Last Jedi,” which was directed and written by Rian Johnson created a lot of hype for Star Wars fans. Many characters who returned in this sequel from the other movies were extremely out of character, such as classics like Luke Skywalker and even Leia Organa. It’s unfortunate, because this movie could have been so much, and instead delivered so little.

“Rose Tico” played by “Kelly Marie Tran” in Star Wars: The Last Jedi

The movie’s plot is very muddled and it isn’t until almost an hour an half to actually get going (thanks to Rey’s unnecessarily long “Jedi training scenes.”) The First Order knocked out the Resistance’s hyperspace drive (which is what would have let them get away) which meant that all their ship could do is go forward and direct all the remaining energy of their main cruiser to the back shields. So far no problem– in fact, this sort of thing is not foreign to the Star Wars series at all. It all starts to go sour when the control room got blown up, causing Leia to get flung into space. And she survived by using the Force to get her back into the ship. Alright. Characters usually die within milliseconds the moment they’ve gotten into space without any air and heat support, and Leia was out there for at least a minute and twenty seconds. This is forgivable though– not a big deal, right? Well, this isn’t the only time that characters in this movie seem to accomplish some extremely miraculous feat that nobody in the entire Star Wars series has ever accomplished before up to that point.

Luke Skywalker seems to have the ability to ‘astral project’ by using the Force, meaning he can be on multiple planets at once. It is an extremely strong power, and to add it now within the movie franchise completely makes certain scenes from previous movies feel foolish in nature. And finally, there is the problem of Rose’s character. A lot of fans can agree on the fact that Rose’s character was dull and that she added almost nothing to the plot. Then there was the line where she says, “war is about saving those you care about.” On the contrary. That is not what war is about at all!

In so many ways, this movie failed to deliver. I’m hoping that with the next, a lot of these issues are remedied. Otherwise, the franchise will suffer a heavy blow.

The Story Behind C-3PO’S Red Arm

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C-3PO …AND HIS RED ARM

If you saw the new Star Wars movie, The Force Awakens, you may have wondered why C-3PO’s arm is red. The movie was officially released to the public in the US on December 18, 2015. C-3PO #1 a one-shot ( a single issue in the series) comic book, was originally set to be released around the same time as the movie. However, the comic was delayed multiple times until Marvel got approval from J.J. Abrams, director of The Force Awakens.

Admiral Ackbar

Admiral Ackbar

The story told in the comic is as follows. Right before the events of The Force Awakens, Admiral Ackbar was taken hostage. A team attempts the rescue mission, but the ship crash lands and all life aboard the ship is lost except for the droids. The droids need to make it to a beacon. The beacon will tell the droids the location of Admiral Ackbar.

All of a sudden, these unnamed animal-like beings attack the droids. They try to fend them off, but there are too many of them. All of the droids are completely destroyed except for C-3PO and Omri. C-3PO’S arm is ripped off.

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Omri

Omri and C-3PO escape the beasts and journey to the beacon, but it starts to rain. Acid rain falls from the sky. Omri sacrifices himself for the beacon and for the mission. The paint wears away from the acid rain of Omri’s arm, which reveals a red colored primer underneath. C-3PO is eventually rescued because a rebel pilot receives feedback from the beacon. Omri’s red arm is used to repair and replace C-3PO’s missing arm. Omri’s arm is used to serve as a reminder of the friends that C-3PO had made and lost. Omri, who was a prisoner on board the ship, decided that saving a new friend was more important than whose side of a war one is on.

The comic had a very serious tone, unlike the usual ones that make fun of C-3PO.

Movie Review: Haunted House 2

By Peter Leonardo

Haunted House 2In this film, the main character is Malcolm Who, played by Marlon Wayans. The first film saw Wayans’ exorcising the demons of his ex-girlfriend, and in this movie, he starts out fresh with his new girlfriend and her two children. After moving into their dream home, Malcolm is once again plagued by bizarre paranormal events.

I give this movie 4/5 stars.  It was HILARIOUS and had the right punch lines, the right jokes and two of my favorite comedians, Marlon Wayans and Gabriel Iglesias. If you’re a fan of Marlon Wayans And Gabriel Iglesias’s humor and comedy, you should definitely see this movie.

In it’s opening weekend, Haunted House 2 didn’t make nearly as much as its original did, but it still was in the ‘top 5’.

Film Review: Non-Stop

By Peter Leonardo

Non stop photoIn this film the main character, Bill Marks, played by Liam Neeson, is a U.S Air Marshall who’s going on a flight from New York City to London.

In the beginning, he is shown to be an alcoholic and in the movie, that’s how he relieves stress. When the plane gets to a cruising altitude, that’s when Marks starts getting these text messages demanding to instruct the Airline to transfer 150 million dollars into an account.For every twenty minutes the money isn’t transferred, someone will die.

If you are a fan of Liam Neeson and action thrillers, I say it’s a must see movie.

Action Packed

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One action packed movie that came out recently was G.I. Joe: Retaliation. I was able to see it over the weekend with my girlfriend. I have to admit that it was really good.

The whole premise of the movie was about revenge and the idea of taking over the world. In this second installment of the  G.I. Joe  franchise, the Cobra Commander escaped from the maximum security prison where he was being held, and the president was really Zartan, “the master of disguise”. The cobra commander used Zartan to kill off the G.I. Joes and create some weapons that were more powerful, and use them to take over the world. Some of the Joes had survived, like the Rock, but known in the movie as RoadBlock. Well he and the other two survivors had teamed up with the old general of the Joes to take down Cobra before it became too late. General Joe Colton had teamed up  with the Joes even though he was forced to retire. During a peace summit,  Cobra had tried to take control over the world, but the Joes made a daring but successful attempt to stop Cobra.

Besides the general of the idea of the movie, I give it four out of five stars. The movie is totally action packed, including the actors it stars. Bruce Willis, known for being in action packed movies, he starred in this G.I. Joe movie taking the role of Joe Colton who created the Joes. Another great actor is Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson; playing the role of ‘RoadBlock’. Well another famous person in the movie is Rza from The Wu-Tang Clan. The movie was suspenseful and most scenes had a lot of action in it. Well you’ll be hooked from the beginning, you’ll probably enjoy it.

Movie Review: “Warm Bodies”

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by Amanda Long
The concept in zombie movies is usually the same: rotten corpses rise from the dead and prey on human flesh.  For instance, “Dawn of the Dead”, is about a group of human survivors fighting against zombies; in “Resident Evil” the film’s heroine fights against zombies who prey on humans. “Land of The Dead” is about fighting zombies. “Night of The Living Dead” is about zombies..zombies..and more zombies. Well, you get the point. Now, in theaters near you, “Warm Bodies” has risen from the dead.However, “Warm Bodies” is not your average zombie movie. It’s a triple twist of romance, comedy and horror. In the film, a disease spreads throughout the world and wipes out most of the human race. Those who were affected turned into zombies. One zombie, “R”, stood out from the rest. He has thoughts, we hear his inner monologue, he enjoys music, and seems to have just a bit of humanity left in him. One day, while attacking a group of humans, “R” sees Julie, a thin blonde teenager, and feels compelled to rescue her.  Slowly, he begins to experience human emotions such as happiness, sadness and love for Julie. These feelings are the catalyst for his transformation back into a human.

His influence spreads to other zombies and the revival of humanity among the zombies begins. There are, however, many obstacles that get in the way: the disapproving father,  bonies (skeletons who prey on anything with a heartbeat) and, of course, the complication of forbidden love.  All in all, I recommend this movie for couples, but not for zombie -flick lovers. “Warm Bodies” is more of a romantic comedy then a zombie horror. I give this film  a 7/10, but hey, that’s just me. Go see it and tell me what you think!

You can check out the trailer here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x3ErWNBX9Rc