Ugh. To follow the marvelous Babadook with this piece of crap? I'm talking about Final Girl, not to be confused with the recently watched and moderately entertaining The Final Girls or Stacie Ponder's excellent and much lamented blog Final Girl. This 2015 steamer starring Abigail Breslin (still trying desperately to break away from her breakout Little Miss Sunshine role) and Wes Bentley is not worth anyone's time. I almost didn't bother including it here - since there's nothing horror-y about it, despite its Netflix tags - but figured if I suffered through it, I might as well make you suffer through it too.
William (Wes Bentley) recruits recently-orphaned five year old Veronica into the Program, wherein the long goal is to avenge his murdered wife and child. Twelve years later, Veronica (Abigail Breslin) has been "trained" to be an assassin and is pointed at four privileged teen-aged douchebags who enjoy hunting and killing girls. Her "training" has included standing with bare feet on cold rocks and punching awkwardly; Veronica is no Sarah Connor. (And these teenaged douchebags are clearly not William's ultimate targets, since they would have been five years old when his family was killed, so this "movie" is presumably the first installment in a series as Veronica hones her skills, I guess.) Veronica goes out into the woods with the douchebags and with very little difficulty, no tension and no blood to speak of, kills them all. Then she and William have diner pancakes where she sucks her whipped cream-covered finger suggestively.
This is not a horror movie. It is not the least bit scary and there is no suspense or jump scares or gore. It is scarcely violent. The whole thing is stagy and stylized, with bright spotlights out in the middle of a rainy forest for no reason. My notes include: "OMG SO BAD" and "We're at the climactic fistfight and I would be beside myself with annoyance except I just don't fucking care." I don't know why Breslin and Bentley did this movie and I don't know who, if anyone, watched it. Trust me, you can do better.
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