You’re Next (2011) Review

you're next reviewSynopsis: When the Davison family comes under attack during their wedding anniversary getaway, the gang of mysterious killers soon learns that one of the victims harbors a secret talent for fighting back.

My Quick Review: It’s unfortunate that 2013 saw 2 home invasion movies and even more so that the weakest one, The Purge won the Box Office battle.

You’re Next was actually first screened 2 years ago at Fantastic Fest 2011 and stayed on shelves for way too long. Meanwhile the hype machine was launched and I, for one, could not wait to watch it.

I had the chance to catch a screening at my local theater yesterday and boy, I’m glad I did. It was worth the wait.

Sure, it could not have lived to its own hype but I was still pleasantly entertained, and surprised, since I did not care much for Adam Wingard’s previous movie A horrible way to die.

What’s most impressive about You’re Next is actually the acting, Sharni Vinson is great as the main heroine (and she seriously kicks ass) as is AJ Bowen, once again proving to be a serious asset in any movie he plays a part in.

The script is tight and the tension is always palpable. It’s a huge improvement on A horrible Way to die in that matter (if not for the first attack scene where the director overuses shaky cam shots and quick editing again). For gorehounds, there is plenty to like and for the others, the movie delivers a few scares as well.

You’re Next does not really reinvent the genre but, thanks to a flawless script filled with dark humor and convincing acting, it belongs to the best Home invasion movie out there and will stay a highlight of horror movies in 2013.

My Rating: 7/10

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Origin: US

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