Sick ★★★

With 2020 and the Covid-19 pandemic as a backdrop, Sick is a surprisingly decent thriller/horror film from director John Hyams who is mainly known for his work on television series.

Due to the pandemic, Parker and her best friend decide to quarantine at the family lake house alone - or so they think.

With a pretty typical horror/thriller setup (young people go to a remote cabin), Sick doesn’t break any new ground for originality, but I will say the Covid-19 backdrop at least provides solid logic for their trip.  

Once things pop off it’s a pretty paint by numbers thriller (killer stalking victims through the cabin and surrounding areas), but it’s done well enough that I enjoyed it.  If kills in this kind of film are your thing I’d say it’s just ok in that regard.

As for the performances I’d say they were fine.  Gideon Adlon and Bethlehem Million are both fine in their roles.  Nothing really stands out, but it’s not the type of film where anything really would.

The key to how much enjoyment one gets out of this film will be the twists in my opinion.  They WHY to what is happening plays off the pandemic and the craziness of it all pretty well.  I liked the twists and ending well enough that I almost added an extra .5 to my rating.

Overall Sick was a quick, entertaining 1h 23m.  It didn’t overstay its welcome, and director John Hyams made an effective use of the Covid-19 pandemic.  

The Ron Says:  It’s worth seeing once.

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