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Comments: Review of “Five Nights at Fredis”, Emma Tammy’s film

Blumhouse’s new production based on the video game franchise of the same name promises to be one of the biggest hits of the year: on its first day nearly 120,000 people were seen in theaters in Argentina.

Five Nights at Freddy: The Movie (Five nights at Freddy, United States / 2023). Director: Emma Tammy. Screenplay: Scott Cawthon, Seth Codepack and Emma Tammy. Cast: Josh Hutcherson, Matthew Lillard, Elizabeth Lyle, Corex Kenshin, Piper Rubio, Kat Conner Stirling, Mary Stuart Masterson and Grant Philly. Composer: Tyler Bates. Photo: Lynn Mongrave. Distributor: UIP (Universal). Suitable for ages 13 and up. Running time: 110 minutes.

It’s no coincidence that the two most-watched films of the year are based on the game (Barbie) and in a video game (Super Mario Bros). With superheroes rushing to series and their movies that get bad reviews and/or don’t please the audience. Vendôme, Hollywood begins to look at these assets as new sources of “inspiration” to change its skin again and keep the wheel moving. It is a hypothesis for why there is Five Nights at Freddy’s.

Based on the franchise of the video game of the same name, the film demonstrates the resilience of these universes to adapt to different genres. Yes Super Mario Bros It was a children’s film and the other, an ultra-pop comedy with feminist overtones, although aimed at young women in particular, this film tends towards suspense and presents some intertwined fears in a story that flirts with psychological excitement.

The protagonist is named Mike (Josh Hutcherson) and carries a shock since adolescence embodied night after night in a recurring dream, making him unstable and unfit to follow orders, so he lasts less than a lily in every job. While his aunt fights for custody of his little sister Abby (Piper Rubio), he receives a job offer that is not tempting, but necessary to make ends meet: to be a night watchman in a pizzeria that closed in the eighties and was a children’s paradise, until a group of children disappeared.

But you are not alone at night. There are some marionettes, led by Freddie from the title, that seem to have their own life and are not entirely friendly. Little by little, Mike’s world becomes a hallucination, preventing him from distinguishing between what is real and what is not. A local police officer, who knows a lot of what you’re talking about, can be a key to filling in the missing pieces. The same goes for his sister, for whom dolls represent something else.

Like almost all films from the prolific Blumhouse company, this film has few locations, actors, and visual effects. Bet more on the climates and the evolution of their personalities and relationships, especially between Abby and Mike. An approach that cares more about its narrative function than with the embodiment of its creatures. The result is a fairly schematic film in its development and superficial located somewhere in the middle of everything.

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