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Wish Upon - Written Movie Review

Eddie here. I'm reviewing the 2017 thriller/horror film, Wish Upon, directed by John R. Leonetti (Annabelle) and stars Joey King and Ryan Phillippe. Jonathan Shannon (Ryan Phillippe) gives his seventeen-year-old daughter Clare (Joey King) an old Chinese music box that promises to grant its owner seven wishes. Skeptical at first, Clare becomes seduced by its dark powers when her life starts to drastically improve with each wish. Everything seems perfect till she realizes that every wish she makes causes the people who are closest to her to die in violent ways. Yeah, this film wasn't good as expected. At first, I was like, "Ok this isn't too bad", but then it got progressively worse as it kept going. Let me get some of my pros out of the way first. The film's cinematography is very clear-cut, beautiful and that's because John R. Leonetti is a well known cinematographer that has worked on some big time films in the past. I was also very surprised on the brutality we get to see in this, which I really liked. Now on to my cons. The acting wasn't the worse I've seen this year but it was pretty stale, including Ryan Phillippe unfortunately. This film's concept on paper is actually really cool but it doesn't execute well at all. It becomes too standard where a girl fines an item that's evil and then she goes to find its history and tries to defeat it. Now how many times have we seen that story being used in these typical horror films? This film contradicts itself throughout the plot. We're led to believe that this girl can't make wishes unless she is touching the box, but sometimes she wishes something when she's miles away from the box and her wish is granted. Plus for every wish she makes, someone dies but later on she doesn't make any wishes and people are dying like crazy. Plus I found it convenient on how her dad found the box. Oh let's not forget those laughable ending graphics that kind of reminded me of that horse kicking scene in Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2. I could go on more, but I'm sure you get the picture and I really wanted this concept to work but it failed. Anyways, it will be earning its spot either on my Top 10 Worst Of list or my dishonorable mention, but we shall see. I'm going to give Wish Upon a 3/10. What were your thoughts on this film? Leave me a comment below and I'll see you on my next review.

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