Truth or Dare

Truth or Dare ★★★

Quickie Review 
Blumhouse had a great 2018 but not all of their films in 2018 were completely up to snuff. One of their horror thrillers, from the director of Never Back Down and Kick Ass 2, has some good things about it but has noticeable flaws too obvious to ignore. While spending Spring Break in Mexico, a group of college students (Lucy Hale, Tyler Posey, Violett Beane, Sophia Ali, Nolan Gerald Funk, Hayden Szeto & Sam Lerner) are coaxed by a fellow spring breaker (Landon Libriron) to play a game of Truth or Dare. At first it seems like your average game...until they return to campus. This is a game of Truth or Dare like nothing they experienced and there are dire consequences to playing the game, win or lose. You don’t tell the truth, you die. You don’t do the dare, you die. And the only way to end the game is death. The film’s biggest problem is that there are dumb decisions made by the characters and they escalate and escalate until you find yourself so frustrated that you just want them to end the game some way so the movie can just tie things up with a smart decision. However, Hale, Posey & Beane turn in decent performances and I admire how hardcore it gets for a movie that’s rated PG-13. Seriously, this decade’s PG-13-rated movies have gone HARD and it’s impressive because it goes back to the rating’s goal of being the rating that walks the tightrope between the family-friendly PG and the adult-friendly R. Truth Or Dare isn’t a perfect movie at all but it’s a enjoyable horror movie that’s not afraid to push the limits of its rating.

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