Movie Review by Nigel A. Messenger
Starring: Frankie Muniz, Samaire Armstrong, Jon Foster, Sophia Bush
Director: William Brent Bell
STAY ALIVE is basically about a group of friends who inherit a video game. As they play the game they realise it’s for real and to stay alive they have to win. What was supposed to be an urban legend is real and losing the game is not an option.
This isn’t a bad horror movie for the general mainstream audience but I get the feeling that it’s not going to be enough for the true horror fan. There’s not enough blood and guts for them but for others that’s not a bad thing. This is kind of a pass the time movie for those who want something a bit scary but don’t want to get nightmares.
The trouble is you feel like the stars are ‘acting’ scared rather than being scared and it doesn’t draw the viewer in enough.
It’s also worth pointing out that the version I’m reviewing is UK 15 rated and not the cut PG13 version released in the US and widely reviewed on the net. Therefore this is probably far more watchable.
Give this a go if you have an evening with not a lot to watch, but if you are a horror fan you probably want to steer clear.