Wish Upon (2017)
Director: John R. Leonetti
Main Stars: Joey King, Ryan Phillippe, Ki Hong Lee, Mitchell Slaggert, Shannon Purser, Sydney Park, Elisabeth Rohm, Joesphine Langford, Alexander Nunez, Daniela Barbosa
Storyline: A teenage girl was given a box from her father and it unlocks, and grants wishes.
Review (Spoils): Young Clare (Joey King) is a misfit and does not fit with in the in crowd. When her embarrassing father delivers a special box and she figures how to unlock its secrets it grants 7 wishes. Of course, as a young teenager she is selfish in her wishes and because of that it comes with a horrible price.
This film plays off the characters of misfits and a small group of individuals that do not fit in with the in crows at school. When the main character Clare abuses the power of the box and starts to use the wishes there are deadly consequences. Picture the deaths along the lines of the Final Destination series, which the mix of Wishmaster for the grant wish part (minus the djinn) and Hellraiser as the box has a puzzle box feel to it. There you go you have the Wish Upon movie!
The film gives some nasty kills that is for sure like stabs through the eye, a nasty garage disposal death, elevators that crash, car hits, some nasty fungus of death and other weird deaths and pains of the world. Basically, the film is the main character trying to fit and drops all her friends and other with the wishes of her selfish need. The film screams teen drama.
Rating: The idea was okay but stolen from past big names series and the death scream influence from the Final Destination films. Did it hurt the film? A little to be honest as it seemed like a bit of a copy cat. We could have used a little more of Joesphine Langford but I was interested to see how this film was going to end and was not upset with the ending to be honest. Joey King did do a great job as the main character but when it came to the wishes it did seem out of character when it came to be waiting to be popular. Its worth a watch as there is a Hell of lot worse out there in horror.