Before I Die (2016)
Written By: FR
Edited By: Grave Reviews Staff
Director: The Brothers Freeman
Producer: Jen Wood, Roger Wood
Writer: The Brothers Freeman
Date Released: 2016
Robert McKeehen as Dan Bennett
Michael J. Prosser as Deacon Ethan
Nouel Riel as Sally
Adrienne Vogel as Marie
Aubrey Walker as Mrs. Bennett
Rating = 1/5 Graves
***May contain spoilers***
Before I Die (2016) follows a family that moves into an idyllic town. As soon as they move in, the father of the family, Deacon Ethan, is hired to be a pastor at the local church. As they get settled in, they befriend some members of the community and become a pillar of the community. As the preacher of the church, he helps people who are in need and struggling from family issues, domestic abuse or other troubles. But when Deacon Ethan is taunted by a girl telling him that he is going to die, strange events start to occur.
The film incorporates minor blood and gore. However, there is one scene where a guy with a cross in his forehead is stabbed to death. Other than that, there is little to no blood or gore in this movie. For this film to be considered a horror film would be a stretch of the imagination. The only scene which could help its cause is when a masquerade-esk scene is shown involving a teenage girl and a cult leader.
Before I Die (2016) is not reflective of what the movie is all about, not even close. It is one of those horror movies which tend to rely on using old town secrets to create interest. The movie is technically a collection of different random events that occur throughout the town. There was little to no character development as the characters were never central to any scenes that were occurring throughout the film. In addition, the performance of the actors and actresses were mediocre as no one really excelled at bring their character to life.
The film moves slow especially the first 30 minutes. The movie is quite long at an hour and 52 minutes. This may be the reason why they crammed so much material in the movie to fill the running time. The film never felt like it presented a clear direction to bring the story together. Overall, this is a perfect example of incoherent, nonexistent storytelling and awful acting. There was no vivid direction and the lack of awareness of the reality of the film. Before I Die (2016) is not a memorable movie and not worth the watch.
For the foregoing reasons, Grave Reviews Before I Die (2016) one grave out of five graves.
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