We all like to enjoy a nice game of something like Cards Against Humanity or similar after a dinner party with friends, but I don’t think the dinner party game in David Guy Levy’s Would You Rather (2013). Although party games are fun, I think I’ll go ahead and pass on this particular game. This is a horror movie with a fantastic cast and great suspense. It’s a film that I enjoy and I suggest that you give it a view.
Brittany Snow is Iris, a young woman who has a brother sick with leukemia and in need of a bone marrow transplant; Iris spends her time caring for her brother Raleigh (Logan Miller). Struggling to find a job, Iris is desperate to come up with the money to provide treatment for Raleigh. Raleigh’s doctor introduces Iris to a philanthropist named Shepard Lambrick (Jeffrey Combs). Lambrick proposes that Iris come to a dinner where a game will be played, and if she were to win this game then Lambrick would provide finances for treatment and a donor for Raleigh’s bone marrow transplant. Iris is hesitant but she accepts the invitation. Upon arriving at dinner Iris finds that she is joined by the other contestants there to play the game as well. After dinner, Lambrick introduces the game of “Would you rather?”, where each participant has to choose between a horrifying option A and a worse option B that could potentially result in death.
There’s no one better to get for an evil aristocrat than the legendary Jeffrey Combs (Re-Animator, The Frighteners), his performance is captivating and charmingly sinister. Brittany Snow (Prom Night) gives a wonderful performance showcasing the mental exhaustion of Iris’s journey to save her brother through facial expression and movement since she has short dialogue. Each person’s decision in the game is a psychological experience, somewhat in the manner of the Saw series. The decisions made also raise the question of morality. If an insane amount of money were offered to you, what would you do? The gore is subtle so leave a huge expectation behind, but either way, the story makes up for the lack of anything extreme. However, in my opinion, given the way that the film is shot and how the story plays out, excessive blood doesn’t fit in Would You Rather. It would have been unnecessary. I think the movie all around is solid.
I give Would You Rather a positive rating if I implemented a rating system. I enjoyed the chilling progression of the story and I appreciated that the main character was a female lead. Combs sets the tone of the film and Snow is a fitting counterpart to his character. Each choice made by someone was fun to watch. It’s easy to digest and something to watch if you’re looking to just dip your toe into horror. So go ahead and give this movie a watch; after all, it’s just a game, right?