Flawed Girl

Do you know what a gun is without bullets? Just a paperweight - William

Abigail Breslin in Final Girl (2015)

When Veronica (Abigail Breslin) was just a young child she was picked by William (Wes Bentley) to train to become a cold blooded assassin. Now having spent years in training she has one final test to complete before she is ready for what William has been training her for. That final test involves a group of teenage boys who like to lure blonde girls into the woods and then hunt and kill them for sport. But they have bitten off more than they can chew when they picked Veronica for their next victim.

Many years ago I remember someone saying that the casting can make or break a movie, I say to that the casting can change a movie completely and make it not what you were expecting. This is most certainly the case of "Final Girl" as on paper this story of a girl trained to kill who as part of her training has to kill a group of teenage boys who hunt and kill girls for pleasure sounds like a blood fuelled action movie. In fact in my mind I have images of how "Final Girl" could have been and in truth how I wanted it to be.

But "Final Girl" is not that movie and whilst Abigail Breslin and Wes Bentley are both good at what they do they are wrong for this movie. Bentley just doesn't come across as psychotic enough when it comes to being this cold, emotionless teacher. And then there is Abigail Breslin who whilst a very good actress in dramas and comedies does not have the psychotic edge to make the character of Veronica work. Yes she delivers the honey trap part of it wonderfully, doing blonde and attractive but not once did she seem like she had the killer instinct behind some incredible blue eyes.

But to be fair the issues with "Final Girl" are not just down to Breslin and Bentley being wrong for the movie as director Tyler Shields tries to bring some off beat to the proceedings, a bit of David Lynch style oddity. Now whilst there may be some who dig the off beat nature of seeing pandas or a guy dancing with an axe I don't and it adds to the issues which make "Final Girl" a good idea but a flawed movie.

What this all boils down to is that "Final Girl" didn't hit the right notes for me and whilst on paper it sounded like a good movie the end result is a movie which seems flawed due to various wrong choices.

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