Maybe finest recognized for releasing jaw-dropping authentic movies like “Moonlight” and “Midsommar,” the movie distributor A24 can be within the enterprise of glamorizing youthful nihilism. Its co-produced HBO collection “Euphoria,” the place teenage intercourse bombs gown up their thousand-yard stares in glittery eye shadow, is a straightforward instance. Now so is “Our bodies Our bodies Our bodies,” a horror movie directed by Halina Reijn that’s bloated with pompous irony. It is a film completely tailor-made to one in all A24’s key demographics: bougie 25-year-olds who worth branding over substance.
It’s not that “Our bodies Our bodies Our bodies” is dangerous. It’s visually interesting and properly acted. However this movie shouldn’t be particular, and like its shallow characters, it’s persistently unaware of its personal inanity. Stocked with contemporary expertise — Maria Bakalova (“Borat Subsequent Moviefilm”), Rachel Sennott (“Shiva Child”) and Chase Sui Wonders (“Era”) are among the many glitzy forged — this may very well be a scathing satire. As an alternative, “Our bodies Our bodies Our bodies” is so intent on oozing cool-kid apathy that it serves up a complete lot of nothing.
When you’re a fan of slashers, you’ll acknowledge the plot: Younger, sizzling folks get trapped in a distant locale and are picked off one after the other. The hotties in query are a gaggle of twenty-somethings embittered by lifelong friendship (save a Tinder date performed by the tragically underutilized Lee Tempo); the locale is a faraway mansion. Recent out of rehab, the flighty Sophie (Amandla Stenberg) is keen to point out off her new love, Bee (Bakalova), to her estranged besties.
Sadly for Bee, Sophie’s mates — and possibly Sophie herself — are heinous. Sophie’s sobriety will get a tepid “Yay!” earlier than her buds glug down champagne and snort up coke. Petty arguments and egoism underscore each interplay. David (Pete Davidson), whose dad and mom personal the property, is especially bothered by Tempo’s character, Greg, who he insists is “not, like, that sizzling.” (Spoiler alert: He’s.) The movie will get its title and premise from a recreation the gang performs, a type of manhunt-meets-mafia that kicks off with everybody taking a shot and hitting the particular person subsequent to them within the face. In case you didn’t get it, these will not be good folks.
The one factor that basically units “Our bodies Our bodies Our bodies” aside is its place within the A24 hype machine, the place it doubles as a 95-minute commercial for cleavage and Charli XCX’s newest single. Overused Twitterspeak just like the phrases “poisonous,” “narcissist” and “gaslighting” have been lampooned in loads of different initiatives, as has the fragility of well-heeled younger folks. There are actually different slashers on this vein. The style persists, partly, as a result of audiences love to look at fats cats go splat.
These privileged prats get their comeuppance, certain, however the ethical lands with a whimper fairly than a bang. That is little greater than a film about horrible wealthy those that was made so different wealthy folks might chuckle at it and assume, “Thank God I’m not horrible.” Everybody else will simply must abdomen the price of the film ticket.
Our bodies Our bodies Our bodies
Rated R for our bodies, our bodies, our bodies. Operating time: 1 hour 35 minutes. In theaters.