“Wish Upon” is directed by John R. Leonetti and stars Joey King, Ryan Phillippe, Ki Hong Lee, and Sydney Park. The film is about a high school girl who finds a box that holds the ability to grant her any wish that she desires, but every wish that is granted comes with a major price.
I’ll get right to it, this movie looked terrible. The premise has been done time and time again, and the trailer looked even worse, and coming from the director of “Mortal Kombat: Annihilation” and “Annabelle”, I had no expectations coming in. So, I waited until the discount day at the theater to give this film a shot, and maybe it could surprise me.
There are occasional moments that heighten the tension enough to grab my attention and a couple of times where I felt the drama reach heights that I didn’t expect. I also liked the performance from Ki Hong Lee in this film, as I found his character to easily be the most relatable, and truly the only one that I rooted for from start to finish.
This is a terrible film in pretty much every aspect, but for starters, there’s nothing scary whatsoever in this movie. Every moment that is meant to bring the horror fails, but at least it fails in a thoroughly entertaining way. This movie had a way of bringing a smile to my face numerous times, as it is often hysterically awful in its attempts at creating a scare, and it only gets worse as the movie goes on.
There are quite a few character deaths in this film, each of which being completely ridiculous, while also being unintentionally funny. John R. Leonetti truly has no grasp of a powerful, unexpected death, as you can read him like a book minutes ahead of the deaths, and it totally takes away from all the potential fear that the scene could have brought.
Aside from Hong Lee, pretty much everyone in this film gives a terrible performance, most of which are simply from overacting. Mitchell Slaggert, Sydney Park, and Josephine Langford are specifically bad, as all three of them play clichéd high school stereotypes that are so overcooked that not one moment in this high school feels anywhere close to real.
Joey King is in the lead role, and for how bad her performance is, it is her character that I just could not stand. The character of Clare is truly one of the dumbest I can remember from any horror movie, as no matter what happens around her or who dies, she continuously makes the wrong, selfish decision, and it is truly aggravating to watch.
“Wish Upon” is a terrible horror film that suffers from badly made characters, terribly predictable moments of horror, and awful script and direction to boot. The best thing I can say about this movie is that it is truly one of the funniest unintentional comedies of the year, and the movie was anything but boring just from how bad the attempts at horror are. There is not a moment of suspense to be found, but if you are looking for a good time at the theaters ripping apart an awful movie, look no further.
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