Friday, June 25, 2021

False Positive (2021)

Streaming Services: Hulu
Movie Name/Year: False Positive (2021)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Length: 92 minutes
Rating: R
Production/Distribution: A24, Hulu
Director: John Lee
Writer: Ilana Glazer, John Lee
Actors: Ilana Glazer, Justin Theroux, Gretchen Mol, Sabina Gadecki, Pierce Brosnan, Josh Hamilton, Sophia Bush, Nils Lawton, Sullivan Jones, James Cusati-Moyer, Lucy Walters, Jaygee Macapugay, Zainab Jah
Blurb from IMDb: As if getting pregnant weren't complicated enough, Lucy sets out to uncover the unsettling truth about her fertility doctor.

Selina’s Point of View:
False Positive is the movie you should bring up if you ever need to give an example of a horror film that exists only to shock, with no depth or story behind it.
I’ll be honest, I had this movie scheduled for today and almost didn’t watch it. Cat needed the day off, and trailers for False Positive gave off the impression that it was going to touch on all of my triggers. I looked around, found another horror I was going to watch… and then saw that this was trending in some places. So, I decided to tough it out.
I shouldn’t have.
Every prediction I made about this flick, from just watching the trailers, was true. There were no surprises, no twists, and nothing to make it feel like it was worth attention.

There were also so many gratuitous moments that it’s hard to describe just one. Each one of them was based around one sensitive subject or another: miscarriage, abortion, rape, etc. None of them felt like they had any purpose other than to exploit the triggers of the audience.
Now, I don’t shy away from films that utilize triggers. I enjoy a good revenge story – and usually that includes something awful that needs avenging. There’s a way to do it, though. This was not it. It left me with some images that are just absolutely unnecessary.
False Positive was not good. It was overly stylized – valuing shock value over substance.
I do not recommend it.

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score – 50%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score – 20%
Metascore – 57/100
Metacritic User Score – None
IMDB Score – 5.0/10
Trust the Dice: Selina’s Rating1/5
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