Blumhouse Productions has seemed to hit a lull by churning out unimpressive movies such as “Insidious: The Last Key,” “Happy Death Day” and now “Truth or Dare.”
We follow sweet Olivia (Lucy Hale of “Pretty Little Liars” on TV) who wanted nothing more than to spend her last spring break heading a team for Habitat for Humanity, but her ever-drinking friends saw otherwise and pleaded with her to spend her last spring break with them for one last time of fun and being together. Plus, they took the liberty of informing Habitat that she has shingles.
So right off the bat, we know where their morals lie. Off to Mexico, where there was more drinking and much suggestive language, from which Olivia refrained, until she met Carter (Landon Liboiron), a nice guy in a bar. Hold up: a nice guy in a bar?
Something wasn’t right. So Carter suggested Olivia and her friends follow him to a deserted church where the fun could continue because following someone they just met to the outskirts of town to a creepy, abandoned place that he happens to know about makes perfect sense.
Carter initiated a game of “Truth or Dare” that kept them in fun spirits until he admited that he was to bring a group of unsuspecting people there so he wouldn’t get hurt. Before he bailed, he warns Olivia that “the game is real” and that they have to pick either truth or dare or they die.
After going back to campus they were soon asked by the people around them with demonic smiles – it’s referred to as a messed up Snapchat filter – and then asking them “Truth or Dare?” The friends found it to be a joke until they started dying from refusal to play.
This laughably mediocre film is somehow produced by the company that gave us worthy social commentaries like James DeMonaco’s “The Purge” television series, which channeled the rising aggression of the current political climate, and Jordan Peele’s Academy Award-winning “Get Out” about how far interracial relationships have come today.
“Truth or Dare” director Jeff Wadlow put similar teens in jeopardy in his 2005 flick “Cry Wolf,” which wasn’t very impressive. “Truth or Dare” seems to only comment on how obsessively connected with social media some teens are. It’s like every two seconds we see someone whip out a phone and surprisingly all they need is not hard to find. The line “I found her on Facebook” is literally used when they are searching for a missing past player.
All that popped into this critic’s head after that were the lyrics: “My country tis of thee, sweet land of networking.”
The movie proves to be largely uninspired as it seems to not offer much in the realm of horror movies. For those who are looking for a film to watch only to make fun of later, this movie is a good choice.