Movie Review: Most Likely to Die (2015)

by StevenHelmer

A review of the 2015 slasher film starring Chad Addison and Heather Morris.

Synopsis: A group of high school friends reunite at a secluded seaside mansion to make final preparations for their 10-year reunion. They hope to catch up and rekindle past relationships. However, they quickly find their lives are in danger from a masked stalker looking to kill them in a fashion that is similar to their "most likely to" yearbook predictions.

Review

It had been a while since I watched a slasher movie so, when I came across this film on Netflix, I decided to make note of it. My wife and I decided to watch a movie last night and, since it was starting to get a bit late and this movie was the shortest in length, we decided to watch it. As it turns out, it was about what I was expecting it to be.

There were a couple things I found I really liked about this movie. The first was, unlike many movies in this genre, the premise was believable. The masked killer stood out in his (or her) creepy hand-made costume. But, at the same time, there wasn't anything that I would consider overly extreme about their assailant, who didn't possess unusual strength and, judging by the fact he/she would run when shot at, obviously wasn't bulletproof.

Another thing I liked about this movie was the way it managed to isolate the killer's intended victims in a way that didn't seem intentional. In other words, when someone was alone in the house, their reason for being alone made some sense. This, again, isn't something you see in many other films from this genre.

The movie also does a good job of keeping the gratuitous nudity and sex to a minimum. Yes, there was some in the film (as is usually the case with this genre). But, it wasn't to a point where it distracted from the overall plot and, at least in the case of the one (very brief) sex scene, did help give a couple of the characters a little more depth.

I think my only real problem with this movie is it was a little too easy to figure out who the killer was. To be fair, the writers didn't exactly give this away and did their best to make me believe it was someone else. But, there was one subtle clue that (thanks to watching more of these movies than I can count) I picked up on right away and, as a result, the surprise reveal wasn't much of a surprise.

Final Opinion

It's not the best movie I have ever watched. But, based mostly on the genre, I really wasn't expecting it to be. It was, however, a much better film than I was expecting and, as long as you aren't someone who over-analyzes everything, it is worth taking the time to watch if you're looking to get a slasher movie fix.

My Grade: B

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Updated: 01/11/2017, StevenHelmer
 
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