The Grudge (2020): Movie Review - Reel Advice Movie Reviews

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

The Grudge (2020): Movie Review

Unfortunately, the 2020 reboot of "The Grudge" is a dud. While it features vomit-inducing visual and practical effects, it doesn't have anything else to offer.

When someone dies in the grip of a powerful rage, a curse is born. The curse gathers in the place of death, and those who encounter it will be consumed by its fury. This time, the curse travels to America as one woman inexplicably brings the curse with her. Four intertwined tales will be told revealing not only their personal lives but also the sad and deadly fates that await them. Can anyone really break the curse this time?
Admittedly, we had very high hopes for "The Grudge" especially finding out about its cast and that it was produced by Sam Raimi - a man who needs no introduction. It had the pedigree to be something awesome. Unfortunately the end result is very far away from that and was ultimately a forgettable and dull experience. The problems started with its narrative. The film jumps around four different timelines and four different families slowly revealing its mysteries. But in reality, there's really nothing to unravel or mysteries or revelations to look forward to. We already know that everyone in the past had endured gruesome deaths and anything that was unveiled was merely for shock factor. In terms of scares, the film employed a heavy dose of jump scares that viewers by now could predict happening from a mile away which impacts the thrills - or lack thereof - that we got from the film. The only saving grace for "The Grudge" was its stupendously great effects. It was disturbing and it was gory in a very unique way. Sadly, the film simply lacks any oomph to be anything below ordinary.
Rating: 1 reel






Why you should watch it:
- it has disturbing and gruesome imagery of that's your thing

Why you shouldn't watch it:
- dull and predictable horror
- the story doesn't really have anything new to unravel or reveal

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