Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Lucky (2021)

Streaming Services: Shudder
Movie Name/Year: Lucky (2021)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Length: 83 min
Rating: Unrated
Production/Distribution: Epic Pictures Group
Director: Natasha Kermani
Writer: Brea Grant
Actors: Brea Grant, Hunter C. Smith, Kristina Klebe, Kausar Mohammed, Dhruv Uday Singh, Yasmine Al-Bustami, Leith M. Burke, Anzor Alem, Larry Cedar, Nikea Gamby-Turner, Susan Kemp, Jesse Merlin, Tara Perry, Shelly Skandrani, Chase Williamson, Grace Yee
Blurb from IMDb: A suburban woman fights to be believed as she finds herself stalked by a threatening figure who returns to her house night after night. When she can't get help from those around her, she is forced to take matters into her own hands.

Selina’s Point of View:
Oof. There’s a lot to unpack here.
Lucky is part of the ‘social thriller’ sub-genre. It’s built and molded around the terror that engulfs an entire group of people. In this case, women.
Throughout the film, the main character, played brilliantly by Brea Grant (After Midnight, Eastsiders, The Stylist), gets put in a terrifying situation night after night. It’s made obvious that the officers don’t believe her, she’s constantly asked about her husband and whether or not she has a history of mental illness, she’s seen as weak and/or out of her mind for her fear. The victim blaming runs exceptionally deep.

Every response a character has to her is based on her female status. Even her job just labels her as ‘lucky’ for succeeding.
I think every woman who sees this film is going to see at least a little bit of truth. We’ve all heard the same kind of stuff the main character hears: “Well, were you paying attention?” “What does your husband think?” “It’s just how the world works.” So forth, and so on.
The movie even delves into why women don’t always help other women. It’s a cold-hearted, but accurate, viewpoint.

It’s hard to watch, but also impossible to look away from. It’s so powerful that is sticks with you long after the credits pass. It definitely left me with a ton to think about.
The problem is that it is extremely heavy-handed with the message. It will make sense to people who understand the issue… but it does make the film less attractive to the people who need the lessons most. I don’t think it should have been changed for those people, but I do think it’s a crying shame that it probably won’t change minds.

Lucky is to sexism what Get Out (2017) is to racism.
I highly recommend this movie, but it’s not something you should see if you’re expecting a mindless slasher flick. That’s not what this is.
If you’re anxious to see Lucky, it debuts to Shudder on March 4.

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score – 91%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score – None
Metascore – 76/100
Metacritic User Score – None
IMDB Score – 6.0/10
Trust the Dice: Selina’s Rating5/5
Trust-the-Dice’s Parental Advisory Rating: R
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