Thursday, 30 December 2010

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Sorority Row [Review]


Opinion: C+

A slasher film with everything wrong except the casting. This film had a potential start with an interesting plot setup with an accidental demise but failed to live up to become a modern cult classic. Surprising low number of kills in tamed fashion, the only thing that will not disappoint genre fans is probably the unrestricted fraternity teen parties.


It's all fun and games until someone gets stabbed with a tire iron. When a pledge week prank goes terribly wrong and one of their own is killed, the popular, hard-partying sisters of Theta Pi vow never to speak of the tragedy again. But the past comes back to haunt them in the form of a homicidal maniac seeking revenge during the out-of-control graduation festivities.

You have six vibrant youthful girls (a plus point) in a sisterhood that is unbreakable under any form of adversities, but then one of them suffers a tragic death when a teenage prank went wrong. So now the bond is broken (when we're kids, we always feel that nothing is greater than us), but they mend it back with conscienceless glue and attempt to sweep the dirt under the carpet in self-preservation.

A plus point for debating moral and ethics in the first quarter of the film.

The film's first kill took quite a while before splashing the first blood across the silver screen, the suspense was held long to entice the audience. The first kill was swift and engaging, especially when the iconic weapon of choice comes flying straight at you. Once the first victim falls, the rest is actually predictable after you know what you are expecting.

Some serial killing teen in a graduation gown who is a master of lighting.

Constantly capable of hiding his facial features under darkness given any lighting scenarios, you get a killer who is supposed to keep you guessing. Allow me to give you a hint and I promise it will not even serve as a potential spoiler:

It's not difficult.

You have a modified tire iron that holds significance in relation to the plot, and yet the filmmakers have chosen to design a pathetic number of kills that comes as a shocking disappointment to genre fans. It's probably the only slasher film with a conscience in its genre history, especially when it features a miserable body count.

Despite so, the girls are suitably chosen for this film. It is almost as if the roles are written just for them, making an ensemble cast that felt right in the department of chemistry and role performance accuracy (half a plus point). The teenage culture practiced in preaching manner by these young ladies are also somewhat influential and indicative of the current teenagers.

More appropriate as a stay-home movie session with some friends or family (as I've chosen to), this film works only if you are not a sadistic genre fan who measures quality by the number of kills.

I've counted two and a half plus points and thus like its body count, it's a film of meagreness.


2 comments:

  1. I found this one to be pretty mediocre often dull slasher. I gave it a 4!

    HAPPY NEW YEAR, J-SON! :)

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  2. @Nebular Same here, it barely made the grade. Aha

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