Bodies Bodies Bodies

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"This is not a safe space."
  • R
  • 2022
  • 1 hr 35 min
  • 6.2  (64,005)
  • 69

Bodies Bodies Bodies is a 2022 satirical slasher dark comedy film that delves into the intricacies of friendships and the volatile nature of trust within a group of seemingly affluent and disconnected young adults. Directed by Dutch filmmaker Halina Reijn in her English-language directorial debut, the movie boasts an ensemble cast of up-and-coming actors including Amandla Stenberg (known for "The Hate U Give"), Maria Bakalova (who gained fame from "Borat Subsequent Moviefilm"), and Myha'la Herrold, amongst others.

The premise of Bodies Bodies Bodies revolves around a group of friends who gather for a hurricane party at a remote, opulent mansion owned by the parents of one of them. Desiring a break from the stresses of the real world, and perhaps seeking to escape personal troubles, these young adults engage in a party that promises to be filled with excess and hedonistic pleasures. Yet the atmosphere of carefree revelry soon takes a turn for the macabre.

The cast of characters is composed of a diverse set of personalities—the quintessential lineup one would expect in a slasher film but with a contemporary and hip twist. Each character comes with their own set of flaws, secrets, and interwoven relationships, setting the scene for a compelling human drama. Amandla Stenberg’s character is poised, opinionated, and struggling with aspects of personal and romantic relationships. Bakalova's portrayal captures the innocence, cultural nuances, and the sometimes awkward efforts of fitting into a new circle of friends. Herrold plays a strong-willed individual whose presence brings an intensity to the dynamics within the group.

As the hurricane looms, the friends, driven by boredom and a penchant for thrill, decide to play a seemingly innocuous game named "Bodies Bodies Bodies." The game, a murder-mystery role-playing scenario, involves “killing” players in the dark, with the survivors tasked to identify the "murderer" among them. When the game ominously transitions from pretend to a terribly real series of events, the lines between reality and the game blur. Fear and suspicion skyrocket as the characters confront the possibility that there is a genuine threat in their midst.

What follows is a series of tense and claustrophobic encounters as paranoia and mistrust begin to tear the fabric of their relationships apart. With the storm raging outside, effectively cutting them off from the outside world, the mansion becomes an eerie and unsettling backdrop for the unraveling chaos. The darkness is both literal and metaphorical, the power outage leaving them with only the light of their smartphones to navigate the sprawling property and their own clouded judgements.

Bodies Bodies Bodies skillfully incorporates elements of social commentary, poking fun at generational norms and the complicated nature of modern relationships. The dialogue is sharp and often humorous, laden with satirical jabs at millennial and Gen Z tropes, including social media obsession, performative activism, and the perils of "cancel culture." The script, written by Sarah DeLappe from a story by Kristen Roupenian, explores the idea that the real monsters might be hiding in plain sight, donned in the guise of friendship and loyalty.

The movie also takes an introspective look at the concept of truth—how it's perceived, presented, and manipulated among friends. As accusations fly and defensive fronts are erected, the audience is left to question not just who the real antagonist is, but whether these characters even like each other, or if they're simply bound together by circumstance and convenience.

Amidst the escalating tension and suspicion, the film is punctuated with chaotic action, physical comedy, and visceral horror, utilizing the claustrophobic setting to enhance the sense of dread. Bloodshed becomes inevitable, and the youthful facade of invincibility is stripped away. The group dynamic degenerates even further as alliances are formed and broken in rapid succession, and survival instincts kick in.

Bodies Bodies Bodies is a refreshing addition to the horror-comedy genre, infusing a slasher film's traditional thrills and chills with a healthy dose of satire. The diverse cast delivers strong performances, deftly handling the film's tonal shifts between comedy, horror, and drama. Their chemistry and the multi-dimensional portrayal of their characters ensure the audience is invested in the unfolding drama till the very end.

The film crafts an allegory for the fragile nature of human connection, particularly in an era where relationships are increasingly mediated through digital screens and superficial encounters. It offers a wicked and provocative dissection of young adulthood, privilege, and the often-inevitable disillusionment that can come from peeling back the layers to reveal people's true selves, for better or worse. As Bodies Bodies Bodies comes to its conclusion, it leaves its audience with a lingering sense of intrigue, a touch of cynicism, and perhaps a newfound appreciation for the complexities of trust and friendship in a post-modern world.

Bodies Bodies Bodies is a 2022 comedy with a runtime of 1 hour and 35 minutes. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.2 and a MetaScore of 69.

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