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Storyline

A harmless game of Truth or Dare among friends turns deadly when someone; or something – begins to punish those who tell a lie or refuse the dare.

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Quick states

  • Rating: 5.2
  • Genres: Horror, Thriller
  • Stars: Lucy Hale
  • Director: Jeff Wadlow
  • Writer: Michael Reisz
  • Certificate: PG-13
  • Country: USA
  • Language: English, Spanish
  • Release Date: 2018
  • AKA: Blumhouse’s Truth or Dare
  • Runtime: 100 min
  • Filming Location: California, USA – Rosarito, Mexico

Truth or dare movie review

If you think about it, there’s a lot of scary things in terms of the truth game or the challenge. It’s one of those party games that force people to admit annoying facts or do weird things. But if you’re playing it with the right group of people, it can be a healthy way to address the fears and feelings that we’ve inflicted, but if we do it with the wrong group, it can turn into horrific psychological pressures between peers, who force us to reveal embarrassing personal secrets, and maybe even put ourselves in danger in more than one way.

So it makes sense to turn a Truth or Challenge game into a horror movie; but it doesn’t make sense to turn it into Truth or Dare; which can be considered one of the most ridiculous horror movies I’ve seen since Friend Request.

Director Jeff Wadlow’s movie makes a huge effort to present its plot around a real or a haunted game, which might make sense on paper, but the movie focuses so much on how the game can be haunted that it fails to get us to care about who plays it.

Truth or Dare starring Lucy Hale is Olivia, a college student who was spending the entire spring break building homes for Habitat for Humanity, but her best friend Markie (played by Violet Beane) is convincing her to go to Mexico to celebrate. They are joined by a group of favorite friends; but the movie seems to know that most of them are just a story fuel so they get one-dimensional characters like “party guy” and “drug dealer” etc

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Eventually, their holiday takes them to an abandoned; run-down house of worship where a mysterious stranger suggests that they play the game of truth or dare. They accept that, but? Surprise!! The game is haunted by a demon spirit and now they have to keep playing; forever, and if they refuse they will be killed. But also, if they play the game, they’ll probably die as well; because many of the challenges they pose, and the acknowledgments of the facts as well; force them to take lethal positions like walking around the edge of the surface when they’re drunk, or killing someone else instantly.

Truth or Dare mechanisms are reminiscent, to a large extent, of the Final Destination film series. In both stories, there is a supernatural entity that stalks a group of people; and each character alternates in situations of life or death. The only difference is that even the worst Final Destination movies, provided so much detail that they were offering some entertainment, whether or not they cared about the characters. But in Truth or Dare, the challenges are relatively monotonous and fail to get us to ignore how far most of these characters lack distance, how ridiculous they are.

The film builds a backstory of that demon, and the more we find out about it, the more ridiculous it becomes, with a detailed supernatural myth that seems to be completely arbitrary… And that makes sense because the myths are really arbitrary. Perhaps the only reason this movie exists is that “A Game of Truth or Supernatural Challenge” may be an amusing idea for a PG-13-based horror movie intended for a teenage audience. So the mechanisms and history of the supernatural concert game are just a minor concern.

In Conclusion

To sum up, we’re supposed to enjoy our time watching people just play it; but the movie spends a lot of time on a lot of unnecessary stuff. There is nothing that spoils pleasure like a whole set of arbitrary rules, or strenuous schoolwork.

Truth or Dare is frustrating that there is no reason not to make it even superficially fun; but the filmmakers chose to emphasize plot rather than metaphor. The plot of the film is arguably laughable, but the metaphor is not. I reiterate my view that the embarrassment and peer pressure (especially if it takes the form of mass hysteria) are disturbing and scary ideas in themselves and close to the viewer.

The filmmakers could have made a totally illogical film; but if they had stressed these tense aspects, they might have gotten away with the issue.

Although there are several scenes of characters suffering from uncovering the facts of their past sins, these scenes are entirely buried under other scenes in which we see the same characters arguing about the right search engine to use to find out more about the game.

Truth or Dare is what happens when high concepts shatter. The audience has come here to see people play a real or deadly game of defiance, yet the facts and challenges of the film are unremarkable, and most of the players are boring. What’s worse is that the film spends most of its time trying to explain why a haunted reality game or challenge might make sense, and the more the film tries to prove this theory, the more ridiculous it becomes. As a movie, maybe it’s silly enough to enjoy it at a party; but you’ll enjoy your time more if you play the real truth or challenge game.

We listed Truth or Dare as one of the Top 40 Horror movies, check it out!

Ayoub
Writer and film critic for Filmiland website, movies enthusiast, and a college student in the Film and Audiovisual Production Management. "Everything I know I know from movies!"

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