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Year of Release: 2016

Genre: Action/Adventure

Related to/Remake of: N/A

Directed By: Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman

Music By: Rob Simonsen

Starring: Emma Roberts (as Venus “Vee” Delmonico), Dave Franco (as Ian), Emily Meade (as Sydney), Miles Heizer (as Tommy), Colson Baker (as Ty), Kimiko Glenn (as Liv), Juliette Lewis (as Nancy), and Samira Wiley (as Kween)

Basic Plot: A socially awkward girl who is struggling under her overprotective mother decides to participate in a social network game that rewards cash prizes for completing embarrassing or dangerous “dares”.  She meets another player who she is told to partner with, and decides to continue playing as the rewards become greater and greater.  Soon, however, she learns just how perilous the game can get, and begins to uncover the truth about her companion.

Rating (Out of 4): 2

Pros: Once it gets going, the movie moves at a pretty good clip.  The performances are all good, especially those of Roberts and Franco.  The character of Sydney (the main character’s best friend) has a lot more depth than supporting characters tend to have in these types of films)

Cons: The beginning is extremely slow and clichéd.  The ending is way too neat and clean for the stakes the movie has set up.