Ready or Not
Bob & Sheri August 30, 2019
If you are the type of person that finds humor in things that are socially inappropriate to laugh at, like a person being shot through the mouth with a crossbow in a really stupid accidental sort of way, this movie may be for you. If when the person shot with the crossbow won’t stop interrupting the group conversation with constant gurgling and wheezing and one of the group decapitates her with a medieval axe, you laugh out loud, then this movie is definitely for you! Now I know what I have described sounds like your basic low rent blood and guts horror movie, but nothing could be further from the truth. The fact that what I described had the entire audience laughing is because of the context of a perfectly balanced dark comedy. This is close to Cohen Brothers level of dark comedy with an extra shot of horror.
Samara Weaving plays Grace who is marrying Alex Le Domas, played by Mark O’Brien. The Le Domas family is filthy rich from building an empire selling board games. Alex’s dad is played by Henry Czerny and his mom is played by Andie MacDowell. The other recognizable actor is Adam Brody who plays Alex’s brother Daniel. Grace and Alex are totally in love, they are rich, and are ready to live happily ever after. There is just one more thing they have to do. It is a Le Domas tradition that after the Ceremony the new member of the family has to play a game with the rest of the family. The new member has to draw a card and play whatever game it says. There are a ton of possibilities, tag, checkers, chess, and many others. The only card you don’t want to get is “Hide and Seek”. When you go hide the Le Domas clan hunts you down and kills you. It’s just what they do. They give you till the count of 100 and they come with crossbows, axes, guns, bow and arrows, and knives. You have to survive until dawn but they can’t afford to let that happen. I don’t need to tell you what card Grace pulls. Grace thinks she’s playing regular “Hide and Seek” until the first body drops then she realizes this is a life and death situation and she is going to have to do whatever she has to do to survive. Alex truly loves her and doesn’t want this to happen, but not telling your wife the exact number of women you have slept with pales in comparison to failing to mention there is a slight possibility that she could be hunted down and murdered on her wedding night by her in-laws. This is why pre-marital counseling is always a good idea.
The movie is just right at 95 minutes, Rated R for violence, bloody images, language throughout, and drug use.
Every character is interesting and funny, but the breakout star in this movie is Samara Weaving. She plays this role dead serious but is hilarious at the same time. She goes from total confusion, to absolute fear, surviving physical pain, and total determination to survive, with tongue perfectly placed in her cheek. An outstanding performance.
And because it is still partially a horror movie there is a running question whether or not there is something supernatural at work or is this just a family of rich nutbags that take the whole game thing too serious.
If a really bloody dark comedy is what you are looking for, you’ve found it.
My Score: 5 Ice Cold Buds