Yes, that’s right, another week another set of releases. The question is if there’s any releases this week that you should look out for? In fact there are three movies coming out this week, Lights Out, Nerve, and Skiptrace. Which one(s) is worth it, which one isn’t? Well, to answer that, we’ll have to look at each one. Let’s get into it.
Lights Out is one of the very few horror/thriller films to come out in 2016 that generally interested me. The others would probably be Don’t Breathe and The Conjuring 2. Lights Out was one of the movies that interested me completely based off concept – it took the idea of being afraid of the dark and created a a physical reason for that fear – when the lights are turned off, a terrifying and violent creature can be spotted that wants to end you, turn on the lights…they disappear. The concept is absolutely perfect, but the reason for everything was lacking. They relied too much on concept and jump scares so much that they seemed to lose track of storytelling and motive. It’s still fun, if you want to check it out!
Nerve is also a movie designed around concept, but also design. They wanted this movie to look unique and have a cool, almost believable idea – that a social game that gathers your identity from Facebook basically owns you – so you better play like the good sport you are. In the end, Nerve feels more like an interesting change-of-pace film than something you need to buy. So for this movie, I typically just recommend renting it to start.
This movie…where do I begin? Skiptrace is a film that you should “skip”. Yes it stars Jackie Chan, and yes it has martial arts in it…technically speaking. The problem this movie has is that it is incoherent and lackluster, consisting of boring scenes start to finish. Even the fights aren’t creative and lack a certainspark. The team-up of Jackass star Johnny Knoxville and Chan just doesn’t seem to fit – and is under-utilized. I wanted to love this movie, but I ended up hating myself for watching it…so watch this one at your own risk!