Directors: Jonathan Milott and Cary Murnion
Writers: Nick Morris, Lane Skye, and Ruckus Skye
Starring: Lulu Wilson, Kevin James, and Joel McHale
Becky is a dark thriller, about a thirteen-year-old girl who reaches her breaking point and turns psycho. Becky (Lulu Wilson) is spending some time with her father, Jeff (Joel McHale) and his new partner, at their holiday home. Becky and Jeff’s relationship is already strained, with Becky grieving for the loss of her mother a year prior. At the same time Neo-Nazi Dominick (Kevin James) arrives at the house to take a key, that Becky has taken.
This film is completely intense in the best way possible. It starts with Becky being questioned about what’s happened, giving vague answers. Time then jumps back to the events, so you know that Becky survives from the beginning. Even so, it’s still an intense thriller. Dominick and his gang use force to try and take the key, but with everything Becky has going on in her life she snaps and starts to fight back, with brutal violence. There are some grotesque moments in the film, especially one sequence involving an eye that isn’t for the squeamish.
Lulu Wilson is absolutely brilliant as Becky, being completely believable as an almost evil Home Alone protagonist. Kevin James is also brilliant, playing a completely different type of character. The usual comic actor is surprisingly sinister and does a great job playing the villain of the story. Their performances are what carry the film.
At the centre of the plot is the key that Dominick is after, but that’s never actually explained. It’s left as a hanging mystery throughout the film, and we never get to find out what it’s actually for. Not that it really matters, because the film is really about a teenage girl murdering the home invaders. It’s not about the plot at all, just the action and violence.
Overall, Becky is a great thriller. It’s dark and twisted, filled with great effects, and really entertaining from start to finish. Really worth seeking out.
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