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Bodies Bodies Bodies – Review
Bodies Bodies Bodies – Budget Unknown – 1 hour and 35 minutes
Sophie arrives at David’s party with her new girlfriend, Bee. But no one thought Sophie would show up. Alice jumps out of the pool and greets Sophie with open arms, but David, Emma, and Jordan keep their distance. When Sophie introduces everyone to Bee, she notices a new face in the pool. It’s Alice’s new boyfriend, Greg, and he is in his 40s. They make awkward hellos while storm clouds open and drenches them with rain. Sophie notices that Jordan’s significant other, Max, is missing, but no one wants to talk about it.
The night continues while the group drinks alcohol, hits each other, and dances. Sophie recommends they play Bodies Bodies Bodies when she sees Jordan and Bee getting close. Some don’t want to play because the game ends with name-calling and arguments, but they start the game. Sophie draws an X on a sheet of paper and cuts it up. The person with the X is the killer and taps people on the back. The person has to fall to the ground. Once someone discovers them, that person yells, ‘Bodies Bodies Bodies,’ and they try to deduce who the killer is amongst them.
During the first round, someone kills Greg. But then David antagonizes Greg, and they mark Greg as the killer and remove him from the game. David leaves them all behind to cool off, and Greg goes to bed. After another round, Bee hears something hitting the window and turns to see. It’s David with a gash on his neck. He falls to the ground and dies. The women run to his side and try to call for help, but the storm knocked out the WiFi and the power. They jump into Sophie’s car to get help, but Bee left the headlights on, so the battery died. Sophie asks if there is another vehicle on the premises. They explain that they arrived in one car, and Max took it to leave. They summarize that someone in the group turned the game into a reality, and there is a killer among them. But who?
This movie combines the erratic culture of Gen Z with a mystery. Don’t be confused, because this isn’t a horror or slasher film. It’s a funny, introspective look at a generation of people with buzz words for their feelings with little coping skills on how to handle them. They claim others are triggers, gaslighters, narcissists, and hate watchers but use similar references to describe themselves. David calls Emma out for reading an article instead of understanding the meaning behind the word. Like any group of young people, they become brutally honest and vengeful when their lives are at stake. This open-minded group takes sides, turns on each other, and lets it all hang out. While the ending feels flat to other generations, it’s the perfect exclamation point and most real conclusion for Gen Z.
I give it 3.5 out of 5 stars
I love you – Sophie
Yeah, that’s what Tom Hanks said in Cast Away – David
The best defense is a good offense – Greg
You’re upper middle class – Alice
You’re always gaslighting me – Emma
Be careful – Jordan
I have reception – Bee
Fall – Review
Fall – Budget of $3 million – 1 hour and 47 minutes
It’s been 51 weeks since Becky lost her husband, Dan, in a free climbing accident, and her depression deepens. Becky’s father, James, worries she is on the verge of taking her life, so he calls Becky’s friend, Hunter, to help. Hunter was at the cliffside and saw the accident, but she continued to climb. Hunter appears on Becky’s doorstep with a plan. She wants to climb the B67TB tower and spread Dan’s ashes at the top. The climb is 2000 feet straight up with a small platform at the top. After a good night’s sleep, Becky says yes.
They travel to the tower, and Becky starts to have a panic attack looking up, but Hunter calms her down. They start their ascent up the ladder surrounded by a metal cage. But when they are close to the top, it disappears. They continue to climb and make it to the top. They take selfies, hang off the edge with one hand, record film with a drone, and scream at the top of their lungs. Then, Becky grabs Dan’s ashes and releases them with kind words. Even Hunter cries. With their mission complete, Becky locks onto the climbing rope and starts climbing down. After a few steps, the ladder breaks away and falls backward. Hunter grabs onto the tower to stop Becky’s fall and pulls her up with the rope. They laugh about almost dying, and Becky prepares to descend again. However, they realize the ladder is gone, the tower has no foot holes, and their supplies fell on a satellite below. They need to find a way down before the weather, vultures, and exhaustion takes them out.
If you are afraid of heights, skip this movie. It doesn’t shy away from looking down. Before Hunter and Becky get to the tower, they get many signs to turn around. They toil along after almost getting into a car crash and seeing buzzards eat an animal. Once they realize they are stuck with no way down, they use ingenuity to MacGyver solutions but run into some bad luck each step of the way (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer). While this isn’t a horror movie, don’t be surprised if you look away from the screen or cover your eyes. These two have a few death-defying moments. This movie is better for the theater, but you won’t want to buy it later.
I give it 3 out of 5 stars
If you’re scared of dying, don’t be afraid to live – Becky
She’s my cherry pie – Hunter