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Movie review: Ready or Not

30 Aug 2019 / 10:54 H.

THIS dark comedy-horror might seem predictable in parts but it is a fun ride nonetheless, due in part to its talented cast and premise.

Former foster child Grace (Samara Weaving) is preparing to get married to Alex Le Domas (Mark O’Brien), the son of the wealthy Tony Le Domas (Henry Czerny).

Despite some half-hearted attempts by Alex and his older brother Daniel (Adam Brody) to dissuade her from going through with the ceremony, Grace is determined to go through with the wedding and finally be part of a family.

That very night, in the eerie dimly-lit mansion (already an indication that something is not right), Grace is brought to a special room and face the entire family.

Tony, then tells her the story of how his great-grandfather made a deal with a mysterious benefactor, requiring the family to follow a special tradition.

Each new couple are given a card drawn from a mysterious box for a game the whole family will play.

Grace gets one that says Hide and Seek. Anyone who draws that card has to be hunted down and killed before dawn in a bizarre ritual to ensure the family can continue to enjoy the good life.

Despite the violence, there are a lot of hilarious scenes featuring Grace and the other characters.

Weaving is brilliant as a woman who is both terrified and confused at the same time.

The rest of the cast, namely Andie MacDowell as Alex’s mother Becky, Nicky Guadagni as creepy Aunt Helene, Melanie Scrofano as the clumsy Emilie, and Kristian Bruun as the confused Fitch make this film a laugh-riot with their antics.

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