Wish Upon

(2017)

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Title:
Wish Upon
Release Date:
7th July 2017
Runtime:
90 min
MPAA Rating:
PG-13
Genres:
Directors:
John R. Leonetti
Writers:
Barbara Marshall
Languages:
English
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Storyline

A teen girl discovers a magical box that will grant her seven wishes. As she uses her wishes for personal gain, bad things begin to happen to those around her. She discovers an evil entity lives inside the box and may be behind the gruesome deaths.

Ratings

Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 19%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience 36%
IMDb Rating 4.7

Casts

Joey King as Clare Shannon
Ki Hong Lee as Ryan Hui
Mitchell Slaggert as Paul Middlebrook
Ryan Phillippe as Jonathan Shannon
Shannon Purser as June Acosta

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Earl Gosnell 17th July, 2017

Swish Upon

A woman Johanna Shannon (Elisabeth Rohm) is shown (reluctantly) throwing out a cloth-wrapped treasure in the trash. Her preschool daughter Clare (Raegan Revord) asks if she can ride her bike down the street. Her mom tells her it's okay but she has to come right back and stay on their own block. That's safe, to keep within an established time­frame and in one's familiar surroundings. She goes off with her pup Max, explores some baby birds in a tree nest, and returns home. Fast forward to Clare as a high school senior. Her neighbor bakes with apples. Clare is the apple that doesn't fall far from the tree, taking after her mom who "was a good woman but she had a rough child­hood, … secrets too big to live with." Clare has a sensitive artistic side like her mom's, which combined with a child­hood trauma and a slight frame, makes her a target for bullying. Max is a big dog now. Her dad Jonathan (Ryan Phillippe) is a suave jazz sax player with a sideline of dumpster diving. He would have made a real catch in his day. The dumpster diving was fun when Clare was little, but now her dad is a source of embarrassment among Clare's schoolmates. One day Jonathan finds a clamshell music box among the detritus—presided over by a gargoyle. Belated research will prove it to be a Chinese wish pot managed by a demon (Chinese: Yao Guai) that grants its holder seven wishes coming with a non-optional "blood price." After the 7th wish the Yao Guai claims its holder's soul. This particular pot had a tragic beginning, but its subsequent owners led prosperous lives—what remained of them—surrounded by lots of death. This puts one in mind of (Prov. 26:27) "Whoso diggeth a pit shall fall therein: and he that rolleth a stone, it will return upon him", now bastardized into, "What goes around comes around", or in pc terms messing with a level playing field. Rolling a stone uphill with affirmative action is what causes it to roll back down, and the pit is dug to handi­cap the competition. Who could blame those owners for capitalizing on their "leveling" device to give them­selves a playing field more to their liking, collateral damage notwithstanding? Jonathan gives it to Clare as an early birthday present. Lacking the maturity of the previous owners, she makes various droll requests concerned with her status among her high school crowd. If you count coming down with a disfiguring disease and falling madly in love, there are plenty of hits and falls associated with Clare's wishes. Double whammies are not out of the question, either, where there is both a hit *and* a fall. A hanging, for instance, involves a fall from one's support, then the knot of the hang­man's noose striking the back of the cranium to knock out the soon-to-be-deceased before the rope breaks his neck. An auto-pedestrian accident may start with the struck person being launched through the air to fall upon some­thing. At any rate the sound of a falling body is 'swish' and a hit *upon* is like the *Upon* in the cute title. When Clare turns 18, her wishes turn more mature. The setting looks genuine Ohio where I once lived. The actors are all good, down to the dog, and the principal (Clare) is photogenic, easy to look at. The plot is consistent and strangely relevant to real life. The music from the box sounds western, but the Mandarin Chinese pronunciation in the Chinese class was spot on as they did their drills starting with the teacher's name. "Wish Upon" was not overly gory, relying more on suspense and imagination to get to the audience. It's short at 1 1/2 hours, but if you stay past the end, there may be an extra scene. This is an altogether well-crafted film and earns my highest marks. Unfortunately, it hasn't been heavily hyped, so horror lovers may miss a good one if they wait too long. It's clever enough to deserve more than one viewing to catch what you missed the first time.

Reviewed by Edgar Allan Pooh 17th July, 2017

The phrase 'Made in China

. . . as the producers of WISH UPON courageously document in this sobering film tailored to the interests of the Rising Millennial Generation. Whom among us has escaped being traumatized by such recent Real Life Headlines as "Poisonous Chinese Baby Formula Threatens Many," "Thousands of Beloved U.S. Pets Assassinated by China's Lethal Imported Chow," or "Plywood and Plasterboard from China Laced with Carcinogens"? This flick shows how America's Repug Party-backed Conservative Fat Cat Controllers of Corrupt Job-Killing Corporations WISH UPON inundating Loyal, Patriotic, True-Blue, Normal, Average, Union Label Americans with their cheap, environmentally-contaminating, non-union produced parade of devious devices such as defective garbage disposals, bath tubs, music boxes, chain saws, elevators, and other essentials of American Life formerly proudly produced here in our USA Homeland. WISH UPON suggests that White House occupant Rump and his Deplorable Rump\Kushner Crime Syndicate is Hell-Bent upon wiping out or enslaving America's Silent Majority of 99 Per Centers with the sort of Evil WISH UPON products "First Daughter" Iwanna Rump peddles from our Capitol, which are made 100% overseas (mostly in China!).

Reviewed by Dave McClain ([email protected]) 16th July, 2017

"When you wish upon a star, makes no difference who you are, anything your heart desires will come to you." That's the chorus from a song in Walt Disney's 1940 animated classic "Pinocchio" – and the song went on to become the de facto anthem of the Walt Disney Company. But 2017's fantasy horror thriller "Wish Upon" (PG-13, 1:31) sure ain't Disney. Throughout history, in literature, folklore and real life, people have made wishes by throwing money in a well, blowing dandelion seeds into the wind, blowing out candles on a birthday cake and whispering their greatest desires to the heavens. Those wishes are usually for good things and, if a wish seems to have come true, it usually means good things have happened. But along with the universal human habit of wishing, comes the proverbial admonition to be careful what you wish for. Sometimes a wish granted can create unforeseen problems that the wisher then wishes he or she could just wish away. The advertising for "Wish Upon" carries a reminder of that traditional warning and the movie makes the point that, whether you're wishing on a star or a mysterious wooden box, the seemingly innocuous act of making a wish, can make you wish you hadn't. Clare Shannon (Joey King) is a typical teenager with typical wishes. She's awkward and wishes she weren't. She has a crush on a classmate (Mitchell Slaggert) who doesn't notice her and she wishes he would. She doesn't have much money and she wishes she did. Her father embarrasses her and she wishes he didn't. And she has even more serious problems (like the memory of seeing her mother hang herself years earlier), problems she'd love to be able to wish away, but can't. Or can she? When Clare's father, Jonathan (Ryan Phillippe), who seems to make his living by salvaging what other people throw away (think, a modern day "Sanford and Son"), brings her home a wooden box with Chinese writing on it, Clare just may have the solution to all her problems sitting right on her bed. Then again, maybe not. Clare is learning Chinese in school and, while she can't read all the writing on the box, she can make out something about the box granting seven wishes. Not really believing that the box's promise is real, but really wishing it were, she touches it and makes a hypothetical wish that a school bully "would just go rot". When Clare's tormentor suddenly comes down with a flesh-eating infection, Clare is amazed at the "coincidence". She doesn't necessarily believe that her wish was responsible or that the box caused her classmate's unusual illness, but she makes some more wishes… you know… just in case. What Clare definitely doesn't yet fathom is that a series of freak accidents and tragic deaths in her town are somehow connected to her wishes. To understand that means being able to read the rest of the writing on the box and learning about its mysterious origins, things that her classmate, Ki Hong Lee (Ryan Hui) can help her out with. But even when she understands what's happening and why, she has to decide whether to listen to her best friends Sydney and Shannon (Meredith McNeil and June Acosta) who tell her to get rid of the box, or heed the ominous warning the box has for those who take such an action. "Wish Upon" is one of the best thrillers of mid 2017. Sure, it's unrealistic, but show me a thriller that isn't. And, yes, it's kind of simplistic, but therein lies its appeal. Screenwriter Barbara Marshall ("Viral", TV's "Terra Nova") creates a solid mythology to under-gird the film's premise and does a great job of connecting the dots of her various plot points, while staying within the limits she establishes for her story. Director John R. Leonetti ("Annabelle", "The Butterfly Effect 2") keeps the script real (regarding the behavior of an ordinary teenage girl caught up in some extraordinary circumstances), builds tension at key moments and gives us some disturbing and bloody fulfillment of the box's warnings, while not relying on an unnecessary amount of gore. The acting is even pretty good for a horror movie, especially from the film's central character, played by rising young star Joey King. This movie combines typical teenage dreams with the nightmare of the "Final Destination" films and what Movie Fans get is one creepy, scary and brain-teasing good time which brings home the warning in the film's tagline. "A-"

Reviewed by emperoryad 16th July, 2017

Entertaining with suspense, nice plot twists

To me it was an excellent movie, for a horror didn't need to get all gory but it did provide some of that for people who like a lot of that, sometimes better to show just enough and leave the rest to the imagination, we get the idea/picture. There was good suspense, drama, and plot twists. Versus other horror films this is good as any other ever made if not better, its a high school coming of age horror film, about what you would expect a film like this to be. Like the diversity in the movie and with an Asian male in it not being emasculated.

Reviewed by vnb010 15th July, 2017

Predictable, but entertaining

Read Popping' Movies reviews at poppinmovies.blogspot.com I was so entertained by this film even though it was kind of predictable. The movie basically has this overall theme of be careful what you wish for, original right? King as well as her costars make the film feel more like a thriller than a horror film, but the horror comes from the Final Destination type deaths that come with each wish.... Read the rest of the review at http://poppinmovies.blogspot.com/2017/07/wish-upon-2017.html