Thursday, September 4, 2014

Film Review: Come Out and Play (2012)

Come Out and Play (Review)
Format Viewed For Review: Netflix Instant
Netflix Streaming: Yes
Amazon Prime: No

"Children of the Corn on an island."

Couple Francis (Ebon Moss-Bachrach) and Beth (Vinessa Shaw) visit an isolated island during their vacation, only to find the adults are missing...

Come Out and Play is a very simple story. The couple rent a boat, sail to the island, and find kids but no adults. Then, the truth is revealed, which is: the kids are savage murderers. So, Francis and Beth attempt to survive the children and escape the island. That's really it. It starts off a little slow, picks up the slack after 20 or so minutes, then drags a bit during the final act. The ending was good, though.

Children of the Corn on an island. Regardless of source material or what came first, I think this is the best description for Come Out and Play. (I think Children of the Corn is a better film, though.) The story is simple, which is both good and bad. On one hand, it's simple and enjoyable -- a great formula for a time-killer. On the other hand, it has no character depth or insight on the cause -- so we really don't root for the characters and we never find out why this is happening. Otherwise, you can expect a run-of-the-mill horror film. Illogical and irrational characters, some suspense, some violence and gore, and so on. Not necessarily bad, but nothing spectacular or differentiating.

Ebon Moss-Bachrach was all-around good. Vinessa Shaw was good, too, but slid into mediocrity whenever the role became demanding. The film looks good; I liked the setting. The music was also great; a throwback soundtrack that added to the suspense. The special effects were also decent; I mean, it's not Tom Savini quality, but it's decent. This is written, produced, edited and directed by Makinov. Aside from the silly pen name (come on, this isn't the WWE and the movie wasn't bad, no need for a fake name), Makinov does a decent job in all fields.

Overall, Come Out and Play is a good horror film. It treads very familiar territory, but managed to keep me engaged and entertained. It's a simple film that could've been more, but there's no point in complaining on what could've been, right?

Score: 6/10
Parental Guide: Strong violence and blood.

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