RELEASED IN 2015 and directed by Tyler Shields, "Final Girl" concerns a little orphaned girl in Washington (state) who is trained by a mysterious cold man, William (Wes Bentley), in assassination techniques and the use of drugs. Veronica's first real mission is to target four pompous young guys, who are sociopathic murderers. Abigail Breslin plays the protagonist.
This is a cool meshing of films like "Hanna" (2011), "The Hunger Games" (2012) and "Point of No Return" (1993). The British Columbia cinematography is gorgeous and the tone is surreal, but there's not enough character exposition, which is the movie's main flaw. Other than that, this is top-notch filmmaking.
Viewers complain that Breslin was wrong for the role because she wasn't "cut enough" and the emphasis was on how cute/attractive she appeared than on being a convincing slayer. But Veronica (Abigail) was cultivated by William (Bentley) to be an assassin, not appear on TV as a martial arts celebrity. Assassins are SUPPOSED to be inconspicuous, not openly pegged as merciless killers. That's why William had her dressed in pretty dresses, etc. She wasn't supposed to look like a kick axx assassin. It's the same reason Capt. Willard (Martin Sheen) was picked by high command for his mission in "Apocalypse Now" (1979).
To help understand the movie, reflect on the spotlights in the forest. They weren't just there to give an artsy feel; "Final Girl" is darker and cleverer than that. Veronica's parents died and she was instantly recruited by a trainer who taught her classic MK Ultra programming (an infamous CIA mind control program). She learns about drugs and techniques in how to seduce and slay.
The sociopathic dudes enjoy hunting women in the woods for sport. While the overall way it's portrayed is not realistic, it recalls royal families in England and elite families in America back in the day who would hunt individuals for sport and ritual. Consider Jimmy Savile who allegedly supplied kids from shelters for noble and exclusive families in Europe. This is where the concept of The Hunger Games hails. It's reality. Elitist snobs would hunt youths for fun and have them fight to the death for sport.
Another obvious flaw is: How could the young lads get away with murdering myriad innocent girls for so long, particularly when you consider how overt they are about luring the prey into their web. Moreover, one of these ignoramuses would've surely spilled the beans at some point, but they're all so cavalier about their dirty deeds. If the handler (Bentley) knows about their diabolical frolics in the woods, wouldn't the police?
THE FILM RUNS 90 minutes and was shot in Vancouver, British Columbia. WRITERS: Adam Prince wrote the script based on a story by Johnny Silver, Stephen Scarlata & Alejandro Seri.
A cute, shy, young girl is new to town, and looks to be the perfect, easily-duped target for a group of boys who want to use her as the final test in their murder game. Little do they know, she is skilled in areas they cannot imagine, and has a test of her own she decides to pursue.
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July 24, 2015 at 12:26 PM