It uses deep emotions to try and make the outlook more serious and involving but it just ends up feeling shallow and derivative
Horrors with quirky ideas behind them seem to be the absolute ‘in’ thing at the moment. Just taking A Quiet Place, and its incredible popularity (however unexpected), as an example, it is clear how powerful the initial idea is. It helps to have a good film behind it, but the idea is initially what would draw anyone to watch such a film.
Truth Or Dare has naturally hoped for a similar reaction, but from a teenage perspective, trying to tap into the young fun psyche and turn it into a great film. However, just playing a scary game of Truth Or Dare is not enough, and sadly there is no quality production to back up the initial thoughts.
Olivia (Lucy Hale) and her friends are holidaying in Mexico, when an outsider suggests they go to a up to a derelict church on a hilltop. Following blindly, the group end up in a game of truth or dare that not only changes their lives, but puts each of them in grave danger, forever.
The trick when making a film aimed at a younger generation is to not seem like the film is there to play down to them. Make the film for them, not as if it is there to impress them. Truth Or Dare absolutely falls into such a trap, using themes like drinking and relationships in entirely the wrong way. It uses deep emotions to try and make the outlook more serious and involving but it just ends up feeling shallow and derivative.
The young cast are fairly appealing, and sell the story somewhat more than it deserves, but there’s never enough done to make it seem viable or noteworthy. For far too long does the film hold onto the Truth Or Dare moniker, and pretend its a strong plot point.
It’s definitely less of a horror and more of a teen drama, and that plays against it massively. Really it needed more substance, and less ‘teen themes’, to stop it becoming the mildly insulting taunt at teenage dreams and aspirations.