Twisted (2022) Film Review |


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There is no denying that there is a very good movie somewhere in the concept Screwed. It just has to be. It’s not just the synopsis that needs to sound good. The idea is there. Unfortunately, it has been kept dormant and on a secondary plane, sacrificed for a vision that is not as effective as I would have hoped. As a director, sometimes you have to trust the organic aspect of the film, which works great in horror.

In Screwed, the mother-daughter relationship is excessively toxic. Mom is always asking her what she’s doing, overprotective, and even having her daughter get a monthly checkup to see if she’s…pregnant? Anyway, that’s not all. The strange massages are part of a routine that Hannah considers excessive. Things take a dark and sudden turn when a friend dies and Hannah becomes a bit paranoid. It doesn’t help that his mother makes him feel guilty no matter what.

The film’s cinematography shows signs of a promising talent behind the camera, and the visuals are unsettling enough to watch at times. The performance is a Madeleine Masson good enough to have feelings for him and Karen Leigh Sharp as the mother is very troublesome. This role is simply not easy to fill in modern times. The line between ridiculous and disturbing is very fine and the actress dominates the film well in her own scenes.

Unfortunately, both actresses are trapped in a script that goes nowhere with its inconsistent storyline and the unnecessary addition of subplots that have nothing to do with the basis of the story. We know mom is sick and Hannah is fine… part of a plan she can’t control. However, the development of the story feels out of control as important events seem to further the spectacle rather than the story itself. Was it necessary to turn him against his peers?

Perhaps it is unnecessary to talk about “necessary”. Movies should progress as their writers wrote them and not much more. Our contribution is meaningless to the story. However, screenplays should always make sense and have a purpose that fits nicely in terms of genre and story. In Screwedwe observe the attempt to do many things with an all-too-noticeable lack of control.

Take, for example, this denouement: everything is “wrapped up” in a matter of minutes, without noticing an arc that should have been resolved, leaving the audience to look for a more logical structure in how the story is handled. The end is in Screwed frown, wonder if there’s more, and move on to the next one Crimean.

I hold on: Masson and Leigh Sharp trapped. They should be in a better movie than this.

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