Becky (Lulu Wilson) is a teenager who is dealing with several frustrations in her life. Her father (Joel McHale) thought it would be a great idea to take Becky to the lake house in the woods where her family used to go. It is obvious that Becky is still dealing with the loss of her mother who unfortunately died due to an illness. To make matters worse for Becky, her father surprises her with the news that his current girlfriend and her son will also be joining them at the lake house.
When Becky’s father reveals that he and his girlfriend plan to get married, Becky is even more upset and runs outside to spend time alone in the woods. But little does Becky know that a dangerous criminal and his three friends have just escaped from prison and are headed to the same lake house. The leader of this group is a man named Dominick (Kevin James), who has a Nazi tattoo on the back of his head. Dominick is determined to collect a mysterious key which is hidden somewhere in the lake house. The criminals soon arrive, and they hold Becky’s father, girlfriend, and her son all captive. Becky soon discovers these new intruders and the intruders themselves learn that Becky is outside observing them, not far away.
The criminals decide to make a very big mistake by pushing Becky further over the edge. Now Becky decides to get revenge and plans to make sure these bad men die a horrible death one by one with no mercy.
The plot for Becky is quite simple and thankfully it does not take long for the film to get into motion. To my surprise, once the film’s villains are introduced, Becky becomes quite a gritty film and it is filled with some serious violence and horrific moments which will either please or truly shock its viewers. For me, the violence was shocking to see, and some gory moments felt more over the top and not required, but I understand what this film was trying to achieve for its selected audience.
While performances are rather pleasing, unfortunately, there is little back story given to many of the characters in this film. The only backstory we really know is that Becky is still grieving the loss of her mother. I personally was hoping to see a lot more from the character played by Kevin James as I felt we never got to see him unleash his full potential as an actor in this film.
The film’s soundtrack was an extremely odd choice, and in my opinion, the music did not always match with the tension or dramatic moments on screen. At times I even found the soundtrack distracting and slightly off putting.
Overall, Becky manages to deliver a few good notes. Some of these include the performance by Kevin James who tackles a role unlike anything I’ve seen him do before. The film’s concept is also pleasing and performances are positive to see. But sadly, there are some choices that were slightly out of place including the film’s unfitting and somewhat distracting soundtrack. The forced tone of high-level violence felt very over the top and cheesy. If you are seeking a bloody, gritty, revenge film, Becky is bound to please you.
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Review Written by Peter Walkden