Five Nights At Freddy’s Movie Review – Too Much Plot

When the Five Nights at Freddy’s movie was originally greenlit eight years ago, the task of adapting this video game into a movie was much easier. That was right when the series first started, it was a nonsensical story, and it was just a story about a night security guard trying to survive a week with a bunch of murderous animatronics. animals in a weak Chuck E Cheese-type place.

When a Five Nights at Freddy’s movie can do just that – and it does most of the time – it’s a lot of fun. Terrible and strange animatronic nonsense is a funny part of our culture and a great idea for a movie. But this is not possible only that is, because the franchise has grown a ton since this project began.

These days, Five Nights at Freddy’s is a fully fleshed out universe with multiple games and ancillary spin-offs such as novels and comic books, and therefore already has a metric f*** ton of lore. underneath it all. That’s a good thing for fans, but it’s made it more difficult to adapt over the years, even with series creator Scott Cawthon co-writing the screenplay. And so the storytelling ends up in an awkward place.

At the core of this story is Mike (Josh Hutcherson), a rough and tired-looking guy who loses his job as a security guard by beating up a random guy in the mall that goes horribly wrong. who he thought had kidnapped a boy. But even though he doesn’t have a job at this point, Mike has his little sister Abby to take care of. And so, at the urging of a dubious career counselor played by Matthew Lillard, Mike takes a new job that no one else wants: night security at the long-closed Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza.

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Even if there wasn’t a bunch of killer animatronic animal musicians inhabiting the place, it was a scary gig. The place is old, dark, and full of flickering lights–not a good work environment. The animatronics bring it all together, though. They’re terrifyingly shot even when they’re not moving, or when they’re just doing their usual routine of playing “Talking in Your Sleep” by The Romantics. Frankly, almost every scene they appear in is a good one, and the way they menacingly look at the people they are going after is a joy every time they do it.

An R rating, and all the gore that goes with it, is a nice topper for the experience, but it’s made PG-13 because Freddy’s has a young core audience despite terribly cruel subject. It’s not a deal-breaker, though – director Emma Tammi and co. manages to sell the violence through sound and shadow rather than showing it overtly, and that actually works most of the time, like when a character gets bitten in half.

The problem is the storytelling. Mike isn’t just a broken and unstable loser who has a hard life–he’s on a lifelong crusade to find his little brother who was kidnapped when they were kids and never left. can be heard from it. Mike’s aunt is also there, who wants to take over custody of Abby. A very good and helpful police officer named Vanessa who seems to know everything about Freddy for unknown reasons also plays an important role. And there’s the fact that these robot animals like Abby are more than they need and want to be with her all the time.

The whole thing is basically a remix of the current Five Nights at Freddy’s big picture, borrowing elements from different places and using them a little differently, or kindness different in some cases. But it doesn’t really add anything, because this movie has more plot than it can possibly support. Or at least the finished cut – it is not difficult to imagine that there is a version of the film that is 10-20 minutes longer and makes more sense. It’s a case of having too many plot points and not enough story to properly develop them all, leaving the ending feeling a bit random.

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Too bad, because Hutcherson, who is in almost every scene of the movie, does an excellent job as the always sleepy Mike. It’s not the most flattering role, as it requires her to look like trash from start to finish, but it’s this aspect coupled with Hutcherson’s appropriately tired performance that gives the film a little more weight before anyone mentions Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza. Even when the story goes off the rails, Hutcherson manages to largely hold the movie together.

Hopefully next time, if there is a next time, it won’t be him.

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