Thursday, October 12, 2017

[Review] Wish Upon

Wish Upon is a film that blends teen drama with horror, and unfortunately, it doesn't do anything particularly special with either one. Frankly, it's an ugly travesty.

The story sees high school outcast Clare (played by Joey King) come into possession of an octangular music box that has the power to grant her seven wishes. And you know how it goes with these too-good-to-be-true trinket sort of things: For every granted wish, something nasty occurs in succession. Pretty soon Clare discovers that there's an evil entity living inside the thing.

If this all sounds very familiar, that's because it is. The film itself is a box full of cliches. And the execution of the premise here is so extremely trite, repetitive, and predictable--to the point where you'll be asking "Are we at the seventh wish yet?" There's no scare factor, the casting is bad, the dialogue is awful, and things get ridiculous in the most eye-rolling of ways. But overall, the film's biggest curse is that it's boring. Not even Barb from "Stranger Things" can save this one.

You'd definitely be able to find much more fright, entertainment, and charm in a 24-minute "Are You Afraid of the Dark?" episode. In the end, all I can say is - I wish this were a better movie.

( 3/10 )

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