Film Review – Bodies Bodies Bodies

Bodies Bodies Bodies (MA)

Directed by: Halina Reijn

Starring: Amandla Stenberg, Maria Bakalova, Rachel Sennott

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Review by: Julian Wright

A bunch of rich brats get more than they bargained for when a fun drunken game turns deadly in this Gen Z slasher.

After a stint in rehab, Sophie (Amandla Stenberg) re-joins her group of friends, with new girlfriend Bee (Maria Bakalova) in tow, for a hurricane party, where they drink, get high and play a murder/mystery game in one of their parents mansions while a hurricane barrels down on them.

But when one of the party-goers turns up dead and they cannot leave the remote property, they suddenly have more to face than social injustice, mental health issues and being seen and heard.

As much as it is fun to witness a group of “woke” brats get offed in an assortment of gory ways, the script is decidedly lacking in the wit department.

While they often speak in Twitter buzz words and phrases (“you are so toxic”), the script fails to go any further to poke fun at this generation – kind of like Clueless but without the sharp, affectionate take-downs.

And being that the characters are not particularly likable, or even fleshed out (most of them are interchangeable), any chance for genuine suspense is limited, save for a couple of creeping around in the dark alone moments.

The story and body counts builds and builds until the final reveal that, while slightly amusing, is hardly the shock “gotchya” moment the film thinks it is.

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