6 out of 10 –
Release Date: 6th August 2012 (DVD Premiere)
Director: Robert Heath
Cast: David Oakes, Jennie Jaques, Jack Gordon, Florence Hall, Liam Boyle, Alexander Vlahos, Tom Kane, David Sterne with Nicky Henson and Jason Maza
Writer: Matthew McGughan
Trailer: TRUTH OR DARE
Above average yet stage bound Truth or Dare will not be remembered for it’s originality. If it gets remembered at all it will be remembered for being straight-forward and entertaining. Your regulation group of university friends (who can barely tolerate each other) are found enroute to a party at their posh classmate Felix’s (TOM KANE – NOW IS GOOD) stately home. On arrival they are met by his charismatic brother, Justin (DAVID OAKES – THE BORGIAS) who takes them to a hut where party food has been laid out. Next thing the five friends awaken to find themselves tied to chairs and Justin is their captor. Why is this happening to them and are they at fault? Has Justin taken his revenge a little bit too far, or have the five friends actually earned their fate?
Cast at the time with ‘the next-big things’ of the day, most of them don’t seem to have capitalised on their talents since, Truth or Dare benefits for it’s eager actors. It twists and turns predictably as the power shifts from captors to victims and back again. The plot turns are fairly well sign-posted and the deaths / punishments unflinching in their execution. The whole film is a little too disposable to be memorable but it stands a long way ahead of the many other ‘teens-in-peril’ movies that litter the Britpic library. David Oakes is a standout and Jennie Jacques (CHERRY TREE LANE), as the smartest of the victims, should’ve broken out into the mainstream by now. Jason Maza (DEMONS NEVER DIE), now an elder statesman of low-budget filmmaking in the UK turns up in one of his most lightweight roles to date as victim number one.
Half a dozen thrillers like this come out on the market every month and the makers have to come up with a better set of tricks each time. What a lot of the scriptwriters forget to do is make any of the heroe’s sympathetic. It’s key to make us care about least one of the characters. In Truth or Dare, the main five are quite horribel people but when it becomes apparent that this is a game of natural selection it gets a second wind that pushes it past most of it’s competitors like 13Hrs, Demons Never Die, Hollow, Splintered, Basement and about twenty or so others on this very blog.
6 out of 10 – It’s a great time-passer but don’t expect to remember much about it the day afterwards.
REVIEW by Joe Pesci II below
WHAT HAVE I SEEN THAT PERSON IN BEFORE?
- David Oakes: The White Queen (TV), The Borgias (TV)
- Jennie Jacques: Shank, Demons Never Die, 7Lives, Cherry Tree Lane
- Jack Gordon: Rules of the Game, A Royal Night Out, Northern Soul, Life Just Is, The Devil’s Business, Panic Button, It’s a Wonderful Afterlife, Heartless, Wrong Turn 3
- Liam Boyle: The Look of Love, Powder (2011), Awaydays
- Tom Kane: Now Is Good, Cherry Tree Lane
- Nicky Henson: Gozo, We Still Steal The Old Way, Narcopolis, We Still Kill The Old Way, Eastenders (TV), Me Without You, Parting Shots, Shine On Harvey Moon (TV), Anyone For Sex?, There’s a Girl In My Soup, The Death Wheelers, All Coppers Are…, Witchfinder General, The Frost Report (TV)
- Jason Maza: Sexy Bizness, Angel (2015), #Legacy, The Hooligan Factory, Traveller, Little Deaths, Get Lucky, Welcome To The Punch, The Knot, The Man Inside (2012), Outside Bet, Demons Never Die, Anuvahood, Ten Dead Men, Fit, KickOff, Fish Tank, Shifty, Hush Your Mouth, Rise Of The Footsoldier, Life and Lyrics