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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Positive Role Models
Kayla is a young woman who works as a custodian while learning coding and also taking care of her mother as she struggles with depression and (implied) drug addiction.
The lead character is a woman of color.
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Violence & Scariness
Horror movie violence and disturbing imagery. A father walks into a kitchen to find that his wife has cut off their son's tongue. Characters eat glass, eat their arms, stab themselves and others. We see stab wounds followed by considerable blood. Man stabs and kills himself with multiple syringes in a kitchen sink. Gunshots. Drowning. Jump scares. Woman jumps out of her apartment window.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Kayla asks Isaac if he's helping as a way to try to "get with" her.
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Strong language throughout. "F--k" often used. Also "mother----r," "s--t," "d--k," "goddamn," "bitch."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Cigarette smoking. Wine and beer drinking. It's implied that a woman taking prescription medication for depression is opting instead for what the apartment building drug dealer is selling.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Choose or Die is a horror movie in which a pair of coders (Iola Evans and Asa Butterfield) find an '80s computer game that forces players to make terrifying choices. Expect blood, death, and creepy imagery throughout. For example: A man walks into a kitchen to find that his wife has cut out their son's tongue; characters eat glass, eat their arms, and stab themselves and others; and a man stabs and kills himself with multiple syringes in a kitchen sink. There are also gunshots, drowning, jump scares, and a woman who jumps out of her apartment window. Strong language includes "f--k." Characters drink and smoke. It's implied that the mother of one of the main characters is no longer taking her prescription medication (to treat depression as she grieves the drowning death of her young son), opting instead for what's offered by the drug dealer in their apartment building. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This is a creepy and unsettling horror movie in the best possible ways. Choose or Die is the story of two young adults who unwittingly unleash an '80s computer game with demonic and murderous tendencies. It forces the player to make lose-lose decisions, and the imagery that results in these decisions is almost always disturbing and frightening. While some moments with this premise work better than others, the movie offers a tight story, perfectly paced, with acting that goes far beyond standard horror fare.
The movie also does a refreshing job of exploring and commenting on '80s nostalgia without beating the viewer over the head with it. Quite the opposite, actually, and without spoiling anything, there's a use of '80s synth-legend Gary Numan lyrics near the end that's both clever and darkly hilarious. This is the rare horror movie that proves that a basic and effective story can do more to scare and entertain than an overreliance on blood, guts, shrieky background music, and all the usual horror movie bag of clichéd tricks.
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