‘You’re Next’ movie review

You’re Next was a 2011 home-invasion thriller directed by Adam Wingard and stars a ensemble cast featuring Sharni Vinson, Joe Swanberg, and A.J. Bowen. The film centers around the wealthy Davison family as the matriarch and patriarch invite their estranged family over for dinner. All seems well until crossbow-wielding assailants begin picking off the family one-by-one.

Now, this is going to be a shorter review because I try to keep aspects of films spoiler-free unless its a revisit. You’re Next is as surface-level and in-your-face as a movie can get. It’s just a blast of a thriller. It doesn’t try to be anything from a home-invasion film and I love that.

There are times when the antagonists in horror or thriller films have this supernatural feel to them where it seems as though they are invincible. They take certain beatings, falls or any trauma to the body that would hurt as normal people but it doesn’t seem to hurt these types of characters in these specific films.

However, one of the best parts of this film is that the assailants are just normal men. They take off their masks throughout the film and Wingard establishes that they are on equal ground with our characters fighting to survive. It’s not something you often see because audiences may assume that it makes for weak villains but in this movie’s case, it doesn’t.

Sharni Vinson is outstanding as the film’s lead woman, Erin. She’s a total badass as she tries to defeat the home-invaders but what makes her awesome is how resourceful she is. She never has the moment in the film where you would go, “Stop, don’t go there,” or “No, don’t do that.” Every decision made by her is all decisions we would realistically make in this scenario.

All the performances are great and the camera work is exceptional. You are on edge the entire film and that can be attributed to the chaotic movements of the shots, similar to what you would find in Uncut Gems.

If you are just looking to sit back and have a great time with people during October, this is the perfect film. It’s just super fun and there’s nothing you really have to look deep into. From start to finish, You’re Next is a thrill ride that will leave you on the edge of your seat and never lose your attention.

Rating: 8/10

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