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By Danny Brogan, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Creepy psychological horror has graphic violence and drugs.

Movie R 2018 82 minutes
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Ironically, for a movie with a central plot that revolves around not breaking the rules of a game, this horror flick is chaotic, twisting and turning from the random to the ridiculous. Braid's dizzy approach is dreamlike -- indeed, you're never quite sure what's real and what's not -- and there's a definite creepiness that puts you on edge. But, as is often the way when someone describes their own dream, it's actually not that interesting.

It's beautifully shot -- noteworthy in that it's director Mitzi Peirone's first feature film -- with the psychedelic hallucinogenic scenes being particularly mesmerizing. But the movie doesn't weave together, with one scene jumping to another. And while the violence is graphic, it never shocks, again because you're never sure what's real -- a character's wounds magically heal, for example. The three leads -- Waterhouse, Hay, and Orange is the New Black's Brewer -- capture the mood, and, while certainly not likeable, have enough spunk to stop you despising them, despite their actions. But ultimately we're left with a movie that, while atmospheric, isn't nearly as edgy as it thinks it is.

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