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The Trip

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Very graphic violence, language in dark comedy-thriller.

Movie NR 2021 113 minutes
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This is a gruesomely graphic and pitch-black comedy-horror-thriller loaded with entertaining plot twists great and small. The Trip starts off seemingly as an intentionally ludicrous dark comedy about a married couple who have grown to hate each other so much, they've both decided to kill the other while on a vacation in a remote cabin. There's a glib nihilism that makes our unhappily married couple seem like a Scandinavian Al and Peg Bundy, but as we get deeper into the movie's second act, plot twists that are rewarding for those paying close attention start to unfurl, and while there are still elements of the darkest comedy, what really begins to emerge is a series of increasingly violent confrontations. It starts becoming less like Married with Children and more like Deliverance, and not just due to the most disturbing scene in the movie.

It's a fast-paced and stylish, rooted in the film school of Ritchie, Tarrantino, etc. Expect time jumps, caustic dialogue, the frenzy of unusual violence. In spite of or because of this, it's a good movie. In a movie filled with surprise and tension, the movie's very end is perhaps the least surprising aspect to the movie, and drives home the nihilism permeating so much of the rest of the movie. It's a choice that works for the overall style of the movie, even if you feel cheated for the times when you rooted for the lead characters to survive the violence and brutality they've suffered. It's a major understatement to say that this isn't exactly a kid-friendly movie, but for older teens and adults who enjoy this kind of noir style and sensibility, there's a lot to enjoy with The Trip.

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