With Halloween just some days away, new horror film Countdown has lastly landed in cinemas, however the technology-based horror film – described as Final Destination meets The Ring – appears to have divided opinions.
Starring You‘s Elizabeth Lail, Jordan Calloway (Riverdale) and Twilight actor Peter Facinelli, the movie centres on Quinn Harris, a younger nurse who discovers she solely has two days left to dwell when she downloads an app that predicts when the person goes to die.
In a bid to save lots of herself from the shadowy determine that is been haunting her since she agreed to the phrases and situations, Quinn should staff up with love curiosity Matt (Calloway) and PJ Byrne’s quirky priest to beat the clock for good.
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But is it price a watch? Here’s what the critics are saying…
In a fairly damning write-up, AV Club‘s AA Dowd wrote: “The only terrifying thing about this dopey, hackneyed, PG-13 creepfest is what it says about the world. Are we all really so obsessed with the little computers we carry around in our pockets that Hollywood is now building entire plots, entire movies, around their applications?”
Likewise, Indiewire‘s Kate Erbland stated: “Despite its modern sass and totally fashionable technological risk, Countdown adheres to traditional, typically predictable narrative beats. [Director Justin] Dec almost works his movie out of the conundrum together with his capability to poke enjoyable at a style he clearly loves, however Countdown sags again into the outdated methods quickly sufficient.”
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In his Hollywood Reporter evaluation, John DeFore labelled the film “a pedestrian thriller whose personal-tech gimmick is even more thinly imagined than one might guess”.
But regardless of being “a jumble of cheap jump scares”, he assured cinemagoers that its “likable leads” make it watchable.
Elsewhere, SciFiNow‘s Katherine McLaughlin was extra optimistic, as she praised the movie for performing as “a throwback to the late 90s/early 00s era of genre filmmaking with a banging soundtrack and brutal kills”. She additionally waxed lyrical about how successfully it manages to fuse “deadly serious and enjoyable horror in equal measure”.
And Los Angeles Times‘ Kimber Myers claimed that it might give any watcher “an elevated heart rate for its speedy 90 minutes”.
She wrote: “Countdown is genuinely gnarly at occasions, that includes moments of pure terror – and probably the most satisfying single makes use of of the F-word in latest cinematic reminiscence.”
Countdown is in cinemas now.
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