Ready Or Not (2019)


Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5

USA, 2019, Screenplay by , Cinematography by Produced by , , , Music by Production Design by Costume Design by Film Editing by .

is about to get married to and she’s nervous, as she believes her new billionaire in-laws don’t approve of the match. Her anxiety is fulfilled and then some when she finds out after the nuptials that she must take part in a tradition that has been in the family since they first made their fortune in the manufacturing of party games: on the night that a new member has been brought into the clan, they must all play a game chosen at random from a box of trick cards. Past diversions have included such innocuous options as Old Maid, but tonight Weaving draws the card that the family hasn’t seen in decades, a game of Hide and Seek that involves everyone hunting the bride down and killing her by dawn to avoid the curse that will come upon the family if they don’t. She is, naturally, baffled by the situation she finds herself in, but it isn’t long before she finds her dress soaked in blood and a rifle in her arms as she does her best to escape a fortified mansion and save herself, the stakes getting more dire as each new moment of survival brings with it a painful injury. A wonderful cast and beautiful cinematography add a great deal to this grindhouse curiosity, one whose excessive violence and gore enhance the fun of a plot that at first promises to externalize the fears that come with a lifelong commitment, but settles for a simplistic treatise on the immorality of the super-rich.  Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett are clueless as to the deeper possibilities of their story, they present a woman in a bridal gown, that age-old western symbol of purity being sacrified at the altar of the patriarchy, but never really let her get revenge on the passivity expected of her. The moments in which she gives as good as she gets are far too few, it would be pleasant if our heroine could show a little effort or strategy, but she actually remains helpless and in need of saving until the end, when a last-minute cop-out by the screenwriters (which is truly infuriating) saves her from making any effort at all. shines as the morally ambivalent matriarch of the family.

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