Reviewed byboatsfraVote: 9/10/10
I waited for months to watch the sequel to 13 Hours, and it finallyarrived in my local theater last night. Wish Upon, the movie, is afantastic take on everything horror. I was on the edge of my seat thewhole time the trailers were playing. After the opening credits rolled,I was in complete denial I was watching a classic horror movie, a laFreddy Kruger and Jason. Wish Upon has highs and lows, but mostlyhighs. I spilled my popcorn several times when watching because of thesheer terror the director laid onto us. When Wish Upon 2 comes out inthree years, you can bet I will be there, big popcorn in hand. WishUpon is a movie you will never forget, and you will wish upon a starthe movie isn't available on DVD tomorrow.
Reviewed byDave McClain (email@example.com)Vote: 8/10/10
"When you wish upon a star, makes no difference who you are, anythingyour heart desires will come to you." That's the chorus from a song inWalt Disney's 1940 animated classic "Pinocchio" and the song went onto become the de facto anthem of the Walt Disney Company. But 2017'sfantasy horror thriller "Wish Upon" (PG-13, 1:31) sure ain't Disney.Throughout history, in literature, folklore and real life, people havemade wishes by throwing money in a well, blowing dandelion seeds intothe wind, blowing out candles on a birthday cake and whispering theirgreatest desires to the heavens. Those wishes are usually for goodthings and, if a wish seems to have come true, it usually means goodthings have happened. But along with the universal human habit ofwishing, comes the proverbial admonition to be careful what you wishfor. Sometimes a wish granted can create unforeseen problems that thewisher then wishes he or she could just wish away. The advertising for"Wish Upon" carries a reminder of that traditional warning and themovie makes the point that, whether you're wishing on a star or amysterious wooden box, the seemingly innocuous act of making a wish,can make you wish you hadn't.
Clare Shannon (Joey King) is a typical teenager with typical wishes.She's awkward and wishes she weren't. She has a crush on a classmate(Mitchell Slaggert) who doesn't notice her and she wishes he would. Shedoesn't have much money and she wishes she did. Her father embarrassesher and she wishes he didn't. And she has even more serious problems(like the memory of seeing her mother hang herself years earlier),problems she'd love to be able to wish away, but can't. Or can she?When Clare's father, Jonathan (Ryan Phillippe), who seems to make hisliving by salvaging what other people throw away (think, a modern day"Sanford and Son"), brings her home a wooden box with Chinese writingon it, Clare just may have the solution to all her problems sittingright on her bed. Then again, maybe not.
Clare is learning Chinese in school and, while she can't read all thewriting on the box, she can make out something about the box grantingseven wishes. Not really believing that the box's promise is real, butreally wishing it were, she touches it and makes a hypothetical wishthat a school bully "would just go rot". When Clare's tormentorsuddenly comes down with a flesh-eating infection, Clare is amazed atthe "coincidence". She doesn't necessarily believe that her wish wasresponsible or that the box caused her classmate's unusual illness, butshe makes some more wishes you know just in case. What Claredefinitely doesn't yet fathom is that a series of freak accidents andtragic deaths in her town are somehow connected to her wishes. Tounderstand that means being able to read the rest of the writing on thebox and learning about its mysterious origins, things that herclassmate, Ki Hong Lee (Ryan Hui) can help her out with. But even whenshe understands what's happening and why, she has to decide whether tolisten to her best friends Sydney and Shannon (Meredith McNeil and JuneAcosta) who tell her to get rid of the box, or heed the ominous warningthe box has for those who take such an action.
"Wish Upon" is one of the best thrillers of mid 2017. Sure, it'sunrealistic, but show me a thriller that isn't. And, yes, it's kind ofsimplistic, but therein lies its appeal. Screenwriter Barbara Marshall("Viral", TV's "Terra Nova") creates a solid mythology to under-girdthe film's premise and does a great job of connecting the dots of hervarious plot points, while staying within the limits she establishesfor her story. Director John R. Leonetti ("Annabelle", "The ButterflyEffect 2") keeps the script real (regarding the behavior of an ordinaryteenage girl caught up in some extraordinary circumstances), buildstension at key moments and gives us some disturbing and bloodyfulfillment of the box's warnings, while not relying on an unnecessaryamount of gore. The acting is even pretty good for a horror movie,especially from the film's central character, played by rising youngstar Joey King. This movie combines typical teenage dreams with thenightmare of the "Final Destination" films and what Movie Fans get isone creepy, scary and brain-teasing good time which brings home thewarning in the film's tagline. "A-"
Reviewed byMauro Heredia (maurodc)Vote: 8/10/10
The critics were way too hard with this movie. Yeah, there were a fewsequences that looked dumb and somewhat false, but let's be honestguys, what horror movie doesn't include a sequence like that? And I'mincluding the horror cult classics too.
But anyway, Mr. Leonetti brought us something similar but stilldifferent to his latest horror film 'Annabelle'. 'Wish Upon' is indeeda horror/fantasy movie that is completely worth mentioning between themost original and interesting films of the genre in recent years.
First of all, I was completely impressed by the performance of JoeyKing. It was completely convincing and I hope her future jobs were asgood as this one, or even better.
The story, although some may find it as a cliché, it is very wellmanaged and eventually you will forget that there were other films thathad a similar story-line before. The script is well done andentertaining.
And now, about what I'm putting as the title for this review, the movieisn't necessarily a horror movie with jump-scares and gore throughout;it is a film that leaves you an important lesson: If you find anstrange object on a strange and unusual place, would be better if youdon't touch it...
Thank you for reading!
A teen girl discovers a magical box that will grant her seven wishes. As she uses her wishes for personal gain, bad things begin to happen to those around her. She discovers an evil entity lives inside the box and may be behind the gruesome deaths.