Plays like a classier variation on the Saw franchise, with several strangers agreeing to attend a dinner party hosted by an eccentric millionaire, which soon turns into a game of survival. Some of the elliptical cross-cutting feels clumsy, but it's nicely shot, with a great atmosphere. The suggestion of violence instead of explicit gore was a nice touch, enthusing its theatre of cruelty with a slow-burn provocation.
My basic for rating films is as simple as this: If I watched the film at 2 AM in the morning and successfully don't get overslept until the end credit rolled, then it is a great film (at least for me). And WOULD YOU RATHER did specifically that to me. Jeffrey Combs was fantastic in this.
The poster (the one with the razor blade approaching the eye) and the main title design were nice! The movie itself only got interesting when the envelops arrived and the tasks became more inventive. The electric shocks and the whipping were boring and uninspired. The rapist son promised so much more, but then he just went upstairs...?! The final round was kind of lame. The premise was great, the result not so much.
Not very good according to me. The story is highly derivative and while the director keeps things afloat nicely one might wonder who will enjoy torture and degradation for 90 minutes without rhyme or reason. On the other hand most horror movies today are based on this so why complain? So if you're into the whole torture thing you might get a kick out of this movie.
Likely for the reasons that others may dislike this film by its conclusion, were exactly the reasons that I loved it. For a film so engraved with the horror stamp, there is also a psychological piece that screws with you the whole time. The ending is a mindf**k that leaves you either completely perplexed or grinning, saying, "Well played." This film, for sure, made me think differently about how stories can be told.
I must say that one of the best things I am doing this year is the Horror Movie Late Night Session. But, fuck, this film is dumb as fuck. Really, I would watch all the SAW films back to back if I had to choose.
It's not the most original movie in the world. But I got to give it credit for being so unrelentingly loathsome (in a good way). This isn't the kind of horror movie where you're secretly rooting for the villain --à la Alex in 'A Clockwork Orange.' No, this movie makes the villain a real villain. You will hate him. You will want to see him suffer. Sometimes movies make the villain too likable. This movie does not.