Final Girl – Good, Bad & Ugly Review

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: NA (Critics) / 92% (Audience)
Directed By: Tyler Shields
Written By: Adam Prince, Stephen Scarlata, Alejandro Seri, Johnny Silver
Starring: Abigail Breslin, Alexander Ludwig and Wes Bentley
Studio: Cinedigm Entertainment
Synopsis: A man teaches a young woman how to become a complete weapon. 13 years later, at 18 she will approach a group of sadistic teens who killed blonde women for unknown reasons. The hunting season begins. – (Source)


The Good:
Two performances really stood out in this film: Wes Bentley giving a quietly oddball performance as Abigail Breslin’s character’s mentor/handler and THE HUNGER GAMES’ Alexander Ludwig continuing his mission to become the new millennium William Zabka by playing another smarmy jackhole with all-American good looks.
I also appreciated the stylized way that director Tyler Shields shot some portions of the movie with a heavy use of shadows and intense spotlighting. It was like a combination of a stage play and an old thriller movie from the 1950s.

The Bad:
With a title like FINAL GIRL, there comes a lot of preconceived notions that a horror movie fan will have and this film didn’t even come close to approaching any of them. The storyline was a bit bizarre and never really had enough meat to it to really grab me. It’s kinda nuts that it took four people to actually write this.
And I don’t know what the hell Logan Huffman was trying to do with his performance as one of the group of killers but he failed miserably at it. Unless he was trying to be a goofball because then he aced it.

The Ugly:
Abigail Breslin was seriously miscast in this role. Nothing about her was convincing as a young lady who has spent the better part of her life being trained to be a killing machine. She was awkward as hell in the fight scenes she had to perform with only one scene of her being physical worked (its the image posted up above) mainly because it didn’t really call for much in the way of movement. And her chemistry with Bentley was awkward and unconvincing.

Final Verdict: An odd little movie that never really lived up to the promise of the title. There were a couple nice performances and some interesting visual choices but the story was a bit of a mess and Abigail Breslin never was quite convincing enough to make me believe her in the role she was playing.

Grade: C-

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