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Truth or Dare (2018)

Truth or Dare (2018)
Lucy Hale, Tyler Posey, Violett Beane, Hayden Szeto and Landon Liboiron

Rated: PG-13 for violence and disturbing content, alcohol abuse, some sexuality, language and thematic material.
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Release date: April 13, 2018 Released by: Universal Studios, Inc.

A pail copy of the Final Destination films we get to see young attractive folks slaughtered in various usual and unusual situations. 

The group of friends decide Mexico for Spring break would be a fine destination but very quickly Olivia (Lucy Hale) meets a new friend at a bar and gets herself and all her friends invited to visit an old church far into the jungle.  The old building is falling apart but it is equipped light stanchions and just enough furniture to create a circle they can drink on and tell stories.  The new friend eventually discloses he has tricked them to join him so he can get rid of the curse he carries.  Each must play the game of Truth or Dare or pay the consequences which result in death.  Sounds like fun but the truth at times creates anger and resentment on the part of the friends and when one accepts the dare it could be painful. 

The pattern continues back home and each one begins to fall to one device or another even a modest pen becomes a killing machine.  The script however never brings empathy for any of the characters and the death scenes do not measure up to the creativity of the Final Destination.  While the destination series becomes a guilty pleasure Truth or Dare is drab and not frightening and between death scenes it's just plane dull.  

If this creation becomes a midnight special screening, folks will find it difficult to stay awake to the end.  By the way, the film is also insulting enough to set itself up for a sequel.  Lets Hope that doesn't materialize. 

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