‘Wish Upon': Film Review

A teenage lady comes into possession of an antique song box that grants her wishes in John R. Leonetti’s fear film.

The aim teen audiences are doubtful to discern a innumerable influences on John R. Leonetti’s fear film riffing on all from a classical brief story The Monkey’s Paw to a gruesome death-happy Final Destination franchise. Starring Joey King as a 17-year-old who comes into possession of a puzzling Chinese box that grants a owner’s wishes, Wish Upon doesn’t mangle any new genre ground. But it should infer softly ludicrous for viewers immature adequate not to caring how definitely derivative it is.

King plays a executive purpose of Clare, who as a 5-year-old comes on a physique of her mom (Elisabeth Rohm), who’s committed suicide. Cut to 12 years later, when Clare is vital with her father Jonathan (Ryan Phillippe), a once-successful musician who, many to his daughter’s embarrassment, now spends his days obsessively dumpster diving.

It seems submissive adequate when Jonathan gifts his daughter with an antique song box emblazoned with Chinese lettering earnest to extend a owner’s wishes. Clare, who’s customarily tormented during propagandize by a associate tyro (Josephine Langford), impulsively wishes that her tormentor would simply rot. Lo and behold, a blonde brag wakes adult a subsequent morning to learn that she’s depressed plant to a skin-wasting disease.

The wishes have hapless consequences, that Clare, carrying apparently never seen a fear film in her life, fails to commend for a longest time. For each one of her over desires, a box enacts a fee of a horrific genocide inflicted on someone she knows, from her dear dog to her rich uncle to her next-door neighbor (Sherilyn Fenn). The fatalities, that all demeanour like accidents, are rendered in several crafty ways, including that aged standby, a kitchen rubbish ordering (it creates we consternation because anyone installs one of these inclination since, in fear films during least, no good ever comes of them).

Despite a ascent genocide toll, Clare enjoys a fruits of her unlawful wishes. Suddenly awash in money, she treats her best friends (Shannon Purser, Sydney Park) to elaborate gifts. She becomes a many renouned lady during propagandize and attracts a regretful seductiveness of her longtime vanquish (Mitchell Slaggert). It isn’t until her crony Ryan (Ki Hong Lee), who’s been privately influenced by a box’s malevolence, convinces Clare that something is terribly wrong that she finally decides to get absolved of it.

Director Leonetti (Annabelle) keeps a record superbly quick paced — infrequently too many so, as some tract elements seem to be given brief shrift with a brief using time. The tragedy is ratcheted adult extremely during a visit murdering sequences, with viewers expected to scream during a shade to forestall characters from enchanting in such unsure function as crawling underneath a automobile towering by a tire jack. Many fear fans, however, are expected to be put off by a stately depictions mandated by a PG-13 rating.

Barbara Marshall’s screenplay captures a bland angst and stupidity of teen life effectively. But differently it’s particularly by-the-numbers, including such unavoidable clichés as a family dog being a usually vital being who senses a box’s evil. Much of a film’s efficacy can be credited to King, who creates Clare appealing even when behaving selfishly. It’s also lovely to see a teen impression portrayed by an tangible teen as against to a common twentysomething.

Production companies: Broad Green Pictures, Busted Shark Productions
Distributor: Broad Green Pictures
Cast: Joey King, Ryan Phillippe, Ki Hong Lee, Mitchell Slaggert, Shannon Purser, Sydney Park, Elisabeth Rohm, Josephine Langford
Director: John R. Leonetti
Screenwriter: Barbara Marshall
Producer: Sherryl Clark
Executive producers: Gabriel Hammond, Daniel Hammond
Director of photography: Michael Galbraith
Production designer: Bob Ziembicki
Editor: Peck Prior
Costume designer: Antoinette Messam
Composer: tomandandy
Casting: Mary Vernieu, Michelle Wade Byrd

Rated PG-13, 89 minutes

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