The truth hurts... and this horror is not scary enough
Inescapable evil has become a familiar horror-film trope in recent years, often producing genuinely scary movies such as The Ring, Final Destination and It Follows. But sometimes it produces mediocre films like Truth Or Dare (15A)
★★ – despite it being coproduced by genre ace Jason Blum.
A group of glossy/ buffed high-school students head to Mexico for spring break, get drunk on tequila and end up in a spooky chapel playing truth or dare with a stranger they’ve just met. It’s not the best idea they’ve had, but worse awaits when they get back home – because the game has come with them. Every now and then, a passing face contorts into that sinister, smiley look so beloved of horror films, a guttural voice growls ‘truth or dare?’ and we’re off. No one stands out in a film that ruffles remarkably few feathers. You, Me And Him (15A)
is a likeable but inconsistent British romcom with a twist – the will-they-won’t-they couple are lesbian. Olivia (Lucy Punch) is brisk, broody and pushing 40, while her girlfriend, Alex (Faye Marsay), is messy, free-spirited and likes her intoxicants. As for the ‘him’, that’ll be John (David Tennant), who gets Alex pregnant after a drunken one-night stand. Which is awkward, as Olivia has just conceived using a sperm donor. The female performances are lovely but every time the film gains a little comic momentum, it’s frittered away courtesy of some ill-advised and occasionally toe-curling slapstick.
Set in a pre-apocalyptic 2048, The Titan (15A) posits the familiar idea of an overpopulated Earth running out of resources, but then comes up with a rather more original sci-fi solution. Instead of heading to the stars and ‘terra-forming’ planets for human occupation, why not modify humans so that they can occupy hostile habitats like Saturn’s giant moon, Titan? With Sam Worthington (pictured) leading a rather unconvincing cast, the first half genuinely intrigues but the Earthbound story falters as things, er, evolve.