Ready Or Not was a delicious combo of gore and comedy that left me hungry for more after the credits rolled. With an on-game cast, exceptional writing, and a fast-paced edit, this movie will definitely be on my yearly top ten list.
All Grace, Samara Weaving (“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” “The Babysitter”) wanted was a family and marrying Alex, Mark O’Brien (“Halt and Catch Fire (TV)”, “Bad Times At The El Royale“) was the next step in feeling like she belongs.
Alex’s family seems to be a bunch of rich snobs and alcoholics, but they’re very happy to have Alex back in their lives. Alex’s mom Becky, Andie MacDowell (“Four Weddings And A Funeral”, “Groundhog Day”) thanks Grace for bringing Alex back while Alex’s dad Tony, Henry Czerny, “Revenge (TV)”, “The Other Half”) is more interested in a tradition that Grace must take part of at midnight.
The Le Domas family has a tradition where the family must play a game with the newest member on their wedding night. Grace is giddy at first and is kind of excited when she receives the ‘Hide and Seek’ card from the Le Domas Game Room. While Grace is searching for the perfect hiding spot, the family starts choosing the perfect weapons since this is not a game; it’s a hunt.
Alex failed to advise Grace that his family believes that when the ‘Hide and Seek’ card is chosen, the family must hunt and sacrifice the newest family member. Alex’s great-great-grandfather made a deal with someone named Mr. Le Bail, who stated that in order to keep their fortune and lives, they must sacrifice their newest family member at the end of every wedding. This is where ‘Ready Or Not’ picks up steam and never let’s go!
This film caught me by surprise because there was more focus on the characters and the story than the ways people were murdered like most horror films.
I loved how writers Guy Busick (“Urge”) and Ryan Murphy (“Minutes Past Midnight”) ask the question of how far are we willing to go for family? These weren’t characters that were pros at killing people, these were people who thought they needed to do this act to see the next day. Some family did this just for the money, but the writers don’t put too much focus on them.
Weaving plays Grace with a very nuanced realism which the movie embraced. She’s likable from her first scene and seeing her transition to a comedic-action star by the end really showed Weaving’s range.
A scene-stealing performance by Adam Brody (“Shazam!“, “The O.C. (TV)”) as Alex’s alcoholic brother Daniel really helped bring the emotion from the family’s side as well.
Daniel hates what they’re doing to these innocent people but expresses fear of what could happen if they didn’t sacrifice these people. Brody does a great job being torn between the love of his family and the horrific acts that they do.
This is destined to be a cult classic if not a surprise hit at the box office once word gets around on how good this movie is. ‘Ready Or Not’ shows that studios need to take more risks by giving these low budget stories a screen to shine on. I know I am going to see it again as soon as I can.