Picture this, you’re a former foster kid – with no relatives – that finds the person of your dreams, who just happens to come from an uber-wealthy family. Your wedding is held on a gorgeous, sunny day at the family’s lush estate, and for the evening festivities, your new bride or groom tells you it’s the family tradition to play a game with relatives. The newest member, you, is responsible for picking a card that determines the game. Now, imagine your perfect wedding day going straight to hell when you realize the card you’ve selected, Hide & Seek, is not the innocent kid’s game you know but one of life or death…yours!
That is the premise of READY OR NOT, which was released December 3 on Blu-ray and DVD. Now I must admit, I didn’t get to see this in theaters earlier this year, and didn’t think that I was missing out but y’all was I wrong! When I say that this film is engaging in all the right ways – with a great blend of humor, chills, jumps and thrills!
Here’s the official synopsis: The sanctity of marriage goes straight to hell when a young bride (Samara Weaving) competes in a time-honored tradition with her new husband (Mark O’Brien) and his insanely rich and eccentric Le Domas family (Adam Brody, Henry Czerny, and Andie MacDowell). The bride’s wedding night takes a turn for the worst when she realizes she is at the center of a lethal game of ‘Hide and Seek’ and must fight her not-so-loveable in-laws for her own survival.
With that premise, the film ventures, and could have easily stayed, into “camp” territory. But it really is an expertly crafted tale, with magnificent performances, that had me fully invested in seeing how the protagonist could – or would – escape her unfortunate circumstances.
I am not at all surprised that the film has a current 88% certified fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. I definitely give it 4 out of 5 wonderful beats on the MMTrometer.
So if you enjoy comedy-thrillers, and don’t mind a bit of gore, READY OR NOT is the perfect R-rated film to watch, and entertain, over this holiday season. It’s a fun ride, that culminates in a very satisfying ending.
You can watch the trailer and get additional information about the film at the official website here.
Until next thought, Thomasena