"Reel Reviews: ‘Ready or Not’ is a surprisingly funny black comedy with a twist" by: Jessica Shepard

   I’m not going to lie to you, when I first saw the concepts and trailers for “Ready or Not,” I was skeptical and scoffed at it. 
   Well, after finally seeing it, I’ve changed my mind and can’t wait for it to come out on DVD – it’s definitely on my Christmas list! 
   Ready or Not is a black comedy horror/survival thriller hybrid sort of film directed by Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett from a screenplay by Guy Busick and R. Christopher Murphy.  
   It’s rated R for violence, bloody images, language throughout, and some drug use and has no post-credit scenes. 
   The film stars Samara Weaving as a newlywed who becomes hunted by her spouse’s family as part of their wedding night ritual.  
   Other cast members include Mark O’Brien with Adam Brody, Henry Czerny, Elyse Levesque, Nicky Guadagni, Kristian Bruun, Melanie Scrofano and Andie MacDowell. 
   The wealthy Le Domas family hosts a generations-long tradition of playing a game on the wedding night of new additions to the family.  
   The film opens with a flashback many years ago, featuring a young Alex Le Domas and his brother Daniel witness the killing of a man named Charles, who has just married their aunt Helene.
   Thirty years later, Alex (O’Brien) - who has been estranged from his family for years - marries a young woman named Grace (Weaving) at the Le Domas estate.  
   At midnight, after joining a family initiation, Grace participates in a session where she is required to draw a card from a mysterious wooden box and to play the game written on the card with the Le Domas family. 
   Participating in the tradition with Grace are Alex, Daniel (Brody), their father Tony (Czerny), their mother Becky (MacDowell), Daniel’s wife Charity (Levesque), Alex’s drug-addicted sister Emilie (Scrofano), Emilie’s husband Fitch Bradley (Bruun), and Helene (Guadagni), who is Tony’s older sister. 
   Tony explains that his great-grandfather Victor Le Domas made a deal with a man named Mr. Le Bail where Le Bail would help create the Le Domas fortune if the Le Domas family established the aforementioned tradition. 
   Grace draws from the box a card that reads “hide and seek.”  
   Believing the game to be harmless, Grace leaves to hide in the estate while the Le Domas family, excluding Alex, arm themselves with antique weapons to hunt down Grace. 
   Alex manages to find Grace before his family, and the pair witness Emilie accidentally kill one of the estate’s maids.  
   Alex informs Grace that hide and seek is the only option that could be drawn from the box that would prompt the Le Domas family to try to kill Grace.  
   The Le Domas family believes that if they fail to kill Grace before dawn, they will all die as agreed by Victor Le Domas and Mr. Le Bail - implied to be either Satan or a demon - decades earlier.  
   Against his family’s wishes, Alex promises to Grace that he will help her escape the estate having not told her about the ritual for fear that she would leave him.  
   The film preys on a new bride’s fear of her in-laws and their hatred of her by adding a slight socioeconomic difference and a gruesome tradition.

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