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Thursday, 31 October 2013

Review: YOU'RE NEXT (2013)

Review: YOU'RE NEXT (2013)
Despite the weak start, YOU'RE NEXT gradually builds along with Sharni Vinson's breakthrough performance and some sly twists within the typical home-invasion genre.

This year, we have two home-invasion thrillers. One is, of course, THE PURGE, which has made a killing at the US box office (read my review here). Another one is YOU'RE NEXT. Despite receiving favourable reviews in the Midnight Madness at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival, this low-budget thriller failed to click with the mainstream viewers when it was shown at the US cinema a few months ago. But upon finally watching it, I was surprised by the outcome of the movie. Because YOU'RE NEXT turns out to be fun and entertaining after all.


Paul (Rob Moran) and Aubrey Davison (Barbara Crampton) have invited their four grown-up children to celebrate their 35th wedding anniversary at the secluded mansion in the countryside. Among them are Crispian (AJ Bowen), a struggling teacher/writer who arrives with his supportive girlfriend Erin (Sharni Vinson). Then there's Crispian's smug brother Drake (Joe Swanberg) and his girlfriend Kelly (Margaret Laney), followed by youngest brother Felix (Nicholas Tucci) and his girlfriend Zee (Wendy Glenn). Finally, there's daughter Aimee (Amy Seimetz) and her documentary-filmmaker boyfriend Tariq (Ti West). During a family dinner where Crispian and Drake ended up bickering with each other, something bad happens. One of the guests gets his head pierced with a flying arrow. Soon, the family realises they are being preyed by three animal-masked intruders. As one by one slowly ends up dead, Erin emerges as an unlikely saviour. Apparently, she's a brave and resourceful girl who is capable of fighting back against the intruders.

As a home-invasion thriller, the movie has its fair share of intense and violent moments especially when it hits the second half. Adam Wingard's direction is equally confident, while Simon Barrett's screenplay is crafty enough in the way how he twists some of the characters' motivation. All the cast here are adequate, but it was Sharni Vinson who delivers a tour de force performance as the headstrong and resourceful Erin.

I was surprised the way one of the guests ends up dead upon running out towards the front door. Not to forget also are some of the sly twists as the movie goes along.

The beginning of the movie is rather weak, while some of the dialogues are spotty in places. And there's the tongue-in-cheek finale which is kind of awkward for my liking.

Several flaws aside, YOU'RE NEXT proves to be a worthwhile home-invasion thriller with a fresh twist. Horror fans should check this out.

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