Wish Upon Review

Fellow movie-goers: Predictable, but quite fun and a pretty decent horror flick.
7 Plot: Good story but filled with stereotypes.
8 Acting: Joey King carries the movie as the main teen, and does a great job.
7 Directing: John R. Leonetti created a pretty good horror flick.
6 Cinematography: Some interesting shots of the death scenes.
10 Pacing: Never bogs down or gets boring, well paced.

Here’s the premise: A teen girl discovers a magical box that will grant her seven wishes. As she uses her wishes for personal gain, bad things begin to happen to those around her. She discovers an evil entity lives inside the box and may be behind the gruesome deaths.

I will get my complaints out early, the one thing I did not like about WISH UPON is the fact that the meat of the story is the same old unpopular girl wishing to be popular and finding out it is not what it is cracked up to be. Hollywood acts like teenagers only have one thing to worry about and that is being liked; there is so much more meat out there to grab hold of, why keep doing the same old thing?

With that being said, WISH UPON is really good in other areas, it is a pretty decent story about what selfishness will get you, and the horror aspect is pretty fun and cool. It reminded me of something my Dad had always told us “everything you do affects someone else.” That is true in the film, every single time a wish is granted, someone else has to pay for it.

Joey King does a great job carrying the film on her back as the teen who wants more, and I enjoyed most of the typical friends that surrounded her, although they were the normal stereotypical teens that Hollywood has deemed is in every school. It was sad that Ryan Phillippi was not used too much, more of a backdrop typical dad kind of role, I would have liked to see his character expanded a little more.

Overall, as a horror fan, it was worth the watch.

Russell Lockhart



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