In a film which will be likened to an uber violent Home Alone, all I can say is here’s to hoping that all the blood, etcetera does not overshadow how much fun Cary Murnion and Jonathan Milott’s (Bushwick, Cooties) Becky is.
A weekend at the lake house to repair the relationship between father and daughter seems like it would be an emotional film, no? Well, that one liner is in no way near to a description of what happens in this film. Not even close.
After the death of his wife and her mother, the relationship between father, Jeff (Joel McHale – from television’s Community), and daughter, Becky (Lulu Wilson – Annabelle: Creation, Ouija: Origin of Evil), has deteriorated into a state of hostility, icy silence and anything but love. At least on Becky’s part. She is an angry preteen. So Jeff believes that if they spend some alone time together it will repair their relationship. Becky is anything but interested.
They are going to the family cottage, which Becky is thrilled to learn that Jeff has changed his mind about selling the property. Her good mood is short lived as Jeff springs on his daughter that they will not be spending the weekend alone. Actually his new girlfriend, Kayla (Amanda Brugel – from television’s The Handmaid’s Tale), and her young son, Ty (Isaiah Rockcliffe – has appeared in episodes of The Handmaid’s Tale and The Expanse) will be there as well, much to Becky’s chagrin. To compound the anger they tell Becky that they are getting married.
This sends Becky off into the woods to a small hideaway to isolate (too soon?) with one of her dogs. Fortuituous timing for her as during her pout session a white supremicist ex-con named Dominick (Kevin James – Paul Blart: Mall Cop, Hotel Transylvania 2) and his gang of various degenerates arrive at the cottage. He is looking for something and is willing to kill for it.
Becky, who has the key, is smart enough to know she cannot just hand it over, so what ensues is a battle of will, smarts and who can kill who first.
While this Canadian film suffers a little from low production values and lack of budget, it would have delighted audiences at genre film festivals like Montreal’s Fantasia. It is ridiculous and not believable, but so much fun!
You totally have to suspend belief here. Nothing realistic happens during the 90 odd minutes other than it involves a difficult preteen. Everything else is ludicrous. For instance, in what version of reality can a 80 pound little girl kill grown men with her bare hands? It happens in excess here. But trust me, you will enjoy every moment as long as you go into it with the right attitude.
That attitude involves an open mind and not taking things too seriously. I presume that is exactly how the directors went into this. The story, which is paperthin, is secondary to the blood and fun. Blood, in that almost everyone is snuffed out here in some kind of gruesome way, and fun, in that it could not possibly be anything else.