She arrives to find she's one of eight guests gathered around a large dinner table. The cordial dinner takes a dark turn, however, when the nature of the competition for Lambrick's charity is revealed to be a sadistic game of Would You Rather -- which, according to their host, provides the duress that reveals people's true character. The stakes, it turns out, aren't just his money, but the very lives of his guests.
The End Result
Apart from the dinner game format, the individual moments (i.e., the "would you rathers") aren't terribly memorable, in part because the grisliest moments are off screen -- for better or worse. While it purports to give some insight into human nature, the movie's "survival of the fittest" mantra is nothing we haven't seen before, but it does have enough of a dark edge to satisfy horror fans. More refreshing, frankly, is the realism of the characters' actions; in a genre notorious for inspiring viewers to yell at the screen, the protagonists (and even the bad guys) generally act in a reasonable fashion, and the outcome feels realistic -- perhaps too much so for some tastes.
- Acting: B- (Combs leads a strong cast of familiar faces.)
- Direction: C+ (Competent and nondescript, though the content doesn't call for much flourish; ending lacks the requisite punch.)
- Script: C+ (An intriguing setup, but lacks the twists and the though-provoking nature you'd hope for.)
- Gore/Effects: C+ (Moderate gore, but cuts away from the most memorable moments.)
- Overall: C+ (A tense and entertaining game of survival.)
Would You Rather is directed by David Guy Levy and is not rated by the MPAA. Release date: February 8, 2013 (limited).