Review: Truth or Dare

Opening to wildly negative reviews, I didn’t hold out much hope for this one. However, the strangest thing happened half way through ‘Truth or Dare’, I realised I was loving it. Yes, the film is wildly stupid. Yes, there are some unintentionally hilarious moments. And yes, the film is just plain dumb at times, but I was able to look past all of its flaws for how enjoyable the entire affair was.

Is ‘Truth or Dare’ groundbreaking? No. Is it even that scary? Not really. Is it really as bad as everyone is making out? Not at all.

The film is full of cliches and a lot of predictable moments, but at the same time, it’s pretty surprising and somewhat defies the cliches it sets up. On the way in I made a pretty harmless suggestion of something that was going to happen to my girlfriend, but to my surprise it didn’t. In any other studio horror, it would’ve. There were also a lot of moments set up so obviously, like keeping a huge secret from a parent (wonder what his truth will be?) but when the inevitable happens, the outcome isn’t what you’d expect. These were the moments I really appreciated as horror cliches have been so butchered to the point they’re now laughable. To set some of them up only to pull the rug away was a pretty smart move, and one that’s not getting the praise it deserves.

‘Truth or Dare’ isn’t as film to take seriously and if you do you’re only ruining it for yourself. It falls perfectly into place within the genre of enjoyable but forgettable horrors. This doesn’t take away from the fact the film succeeds once you get on board with it. There has been some truly awful horror films in recent years, and the issue with them is how hard the basic plot is to follow. ‘Truth or Dare’ doesn’t have this problem as the concept is simple and, more importantly, sticks to the rules it creates. They may be stupid and really, really dumb, but by sticking to its guns throughout, it meant I never found myself bored or getting annoyed.

Is ‘Truth or Dare’ groundbreaking? No. Is it even that scary? Not really. Is it really as bad as everyone is making out? Not at all. Let me tell you, as someone who saw ‘Pacific Rim: Uprising’, ‘Death Wish’, ‘A Wrinkle in Time’ and ‘Tomb Raider’ all in one week, this was a welcome surprise. A far, far superior film than any of them. It might not be ambitious or totally original, but it’s a fun and enjoyable ride. Below is easily the most surprising score I’ve given a film all year, and I fully expect many to disagree with how highly I’m praising it. But you know what, I bloody loved this film.

8/10

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