Wish Upon isn’t very original movie but still pretty entertaining movie.
The story is about a struggling high school teen who discovers a magical box that will grant her seven wishes. As she uses her wishes for personal gain, bad things start to happen to those around her.
The Review (Spoiler Free)
Wish Upon isn’t very original and it is very predictable. The movie is very similar to Final Destination series. Being a fan of Final Destination, I did enjoy the movie. The movie isn’t so bad as I thought it was.
The movie does follow very typical horror formula. Clare played by Joey King isn’t very popular teen. She’s being bullied by the popular kids in school and she is struggling to deal with loss of her mother who supposedly committed suicide. So when she finds a mystery box which grand her wishes, you don’t have to be rocket scientist to figure out where the movie is headed. Obviously, all these wishes came at a cost. Just like many other teen horrors, Wish Upon also comes with bit of teen romance mixed into the story.
Just like Final Destination, the movie has many unpredictable death scenes. But it isn’t interesting as Final Destination death scenes. Unfortunately, all the death scenes are very predictable.
Wish Upon tries to setup for surprise ending, but I saw the surprise coming miles away and I wasn’t so impressed.
Lastly, the acting is pretty descent, but I didn’t feel like Ryan Philippe is right actor to play the teen’s dad. He just looks very young so be a dad of teenage girl.
Spoiler Ending (Spoiler Warning!)
We find out early in the movie that Clare’s mom committed suicide. The reason why she committed suicide turned out to be the surprise twist of the story.
Also we learned about the rules that are associated with the mysterious box. First rule is that every time she wishes, someone she loves or knows dies. First victim turned to be her dog that she loves. At the end, her best friends and her dad ended up being the victims.
The other rule is that after seven wishes have been granted, the one who received the wishes dies at the end. That is the surprise of the movie. It turned out that her mom was the previous owner of the mystery box and her death is result from the mystery box. She used up all seven wishes and the box took her life.
If she get rid of the box before all the seven wishes have been granted, all the wishes up to that point will disappear and she’ll be back to normal teen again. Even though she knew about this rule, she decided not to get rid of the box. She was enjoying her new life way too much.
At the end, everyone that she loved around her dies and she is tormented by it. So for the final wish, she decided to go back to the day before she finds the box. The time travel aspect of the story is bit different and interesting. Once she went back in time, it appears that everything is back to normal and she is able to start all over again. But of course, the curse is still alive and the box ended up taking her life.
In the Nutshell
Wish Upon is not as good as Final Destination. But if you are a fan of Final Destination, you’ll enjoy it. I give 3 out of 5 stars.
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Genre: Teen Horror
Rotten Tomato Rating: 18% / 33%
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