ModernButter84’s review published on Letterboxd:
This may not be popular but please bear with me and I'll explain.
At first, I was going to have a snappy one-liner to express my thoughts as I usually don't go off on diatribes. But I feel I must because of how I felt watching this film and to explain the rating I am giving it. And yes, I went into this rolling my eyes as well, because of the synopsis.
The introduction of the film did a great job reminding us of all the anxieties or annoyances we collectively had regarding COVID, the mandates, masks, etc. The funniest being standing in line at the grocery store, someone coughs, and immediately everyone looks in disgust. LOL. Wiping down your groceries, etc. The film did a good job showing us the natural fear of our surroundings almost muted in favor of our collective thoughts only focusing on what was happening with COVID. No longer are we concerned about a potential break-in or someone attacking us...because how could they...we have to stay 6 feet apart!!
There were some cool camera movements during the fight scenes, and the intro music and over feel was intense. I enjoyed the setting of the log cabin, the lake, etc.
I think what I appreciated the most was turning most of the horror tropes on their heads. I.E. Girl hits a guy once and runs away, how about hitting him in the face so many times his face is literally unrecognizable? The main character made no stupid mistakes as most do.
In a diverse society, there will always be two extremes that book-end the majority of people. This movie capitalized on that idea and went balls out showing how insane some people were during the pandemic. Taking what the news was saying to the umpteenth degree was brilliantly executed here.
I have COVID exhaustion just as much as the next person, but this movie showed it to me again with a fresh coat of exaggerated ideas. Capitalizing on all aspects of COIVD, done so completely and so well.
Finally, not knowing the antagonist even when revealed to us was brilliantly done. Just people, in their own right, acting crazy for the poignancy of proving an insane point.
I had a blast, and I will die on this hill.
Entertainment Value: 10/10
Personal Opinion: 10/10