Friday, June 28, 2019

The Lifechanger (2018)

Movie Name/Year: The Lifechanger (2018)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Length: 84 minutes
Rating: TV-MA
Production/Distribution: 9 Light Entertainment, Federgreen Entertainment, Unstable Ground Productions, Raven Banner Entertainment, Uncork'd Entertainment
Director: Justin McConnell
Writer: Justin McConnell
Actors: Lora Burke, Jack Foley, Elitsa Bako, Sam White, Rachel VanDuzer, Steve Kasan, Mark Rainmaker, Adam Buller, Peter Higginson, Daniel Faraldo, Brian Quintero, Ry Barrett, Kim Morgan, Michelle D’Alessandro Hatt, Carina Battrick, Willem Halfyard, Uche Ama, Shannon Hanmer, Mike Donis, Maddy Foley, Lukas Beselaere

Blurb from IMDb: A murderous shapeshifter sets out on a blood-soaked mission to make things right with the woman he loves.

Selina’s Point of View:
So, The Lifechanger is definitely a film that exists. I kind of hope there’s an alternate reality out there where it doesn’t.

I don’t understand how a movie gets released that doesn’t have conflict. There’s nothing to overcome. There’s nothing pushing back. In fact, there’s not even a red herring to make you think something’s pushing back.

Watching The Lifechanger was like listening to that one friend tell a story. You know the friend I’m talking about. The one that doesn’t know how much information is too much. By the end of his story, you’re not sure what the fuck one thing had to do with anything else. That’s exactly how I feel right now.

I looked this film up on Rotten Tomatoes after I watch it and I cannot understand the reviews.

Critics loved this movie and I don’t get it. Some of them say it was so funny, but I didn’t see any humor in it. Other critics explain that the that they loved the story and I can’t tell you how little depth I saw in the plot.

Yes, the concept of The Lifechanger was unique. It’s what drew our attention in the first place, but it’s executed terribly. There’s a fast pace of nothing happening. There’s some gore and murder, but it has no meaning. I didn’t care about any of the characters – not even the incorporeal main character. People died left and right and there was no meaning behind any of it. Even in jump-scare, trope-filled, bullshit horrors written by the newest newbie, there’s usually enough depth to care about someone.

The Lifechanger had no heart and it had no point. I don’t recommend it.

Cat’s Point of View:
The Lifechanger has to be one of the strangest movies that I have seen in quite a long time.

I have so many questions – and yet, I am not sure I want the answers that weren’t provided during the almost excruciating 80 plus minutes of screen time. Rarely have I been so relieved for the final credits to roll.

In fairness, I’m a fan of weird. I’m also a big fan of sci-fi and supernatural – especially when the fantasy is based, if only in part, on folklore. I think they tried to do that here, but I’m not sure it was successful.

There was just something missing in some of the delivery, there was a lot of uncomfortable cringe, and I generally just wasn’t buying what this film was attempting to sell. I just don’t understand how this film actually won awards; and audience awards at that. To each their own, I suppose.

To play devil’s advocate, I suppose the practical effects for the body horror and the like were decent. I wouldn’t say that it blew me away, though.

I’m afraid this one would be a hard pass for recommendations. I’m hoping I can get it out of my head before I attempt to sleep tonight.

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score – 89%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score – 89%
Metascore – None
Metacritic User Score – None
IMDB Score – 5.5/10
CinemaScore – None

Trust the Dice: Selina’s Rating – 1.5/5
Trust the Dice: Cat’s Rating – 1/5

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