May (Brea Grant) is a writer who is well known for writing “How To” books. She is also known for writing blogs online and is a general influencer among women. May’s publisher tells her that book sales have slowed down, but she will continue to do whatever she can to promote May with book signings and public speaking events. But more than ever, May is struggling to come up with ideas when it comes to her next book. May lives with her husband, Ted (Dhruv Uday Singh), in a lovely home within the suburbs.
One night, May’s world gets turned upside down. While May and her husband are asleep, she is woken by a phone call and discovers a strange man outside her window wearing a mask. She tells her husband, who seems relatively calm about the situation claiming, “oh, it’s just the man who comes every night to try to kill you”. May is unsure about this comment, but the two defend themselves, and the stranger runs away.
But the next day, May’s husband continues to act odd when she brings up the events from the previous evening. Soon her husband leaves, offended and annoyed at her attitude. Now May is alone to defend herself against the stranger who continues to return to her home every night trying to kill her. She also begins reaching out to others around her, including her husband, but May is alone in this fight.
When it comes to the plot, I found Lucky a fun mystery from the very start. The film had my curiosity from very early on- in fact, from the moment the mysterious killer is introduced. Once the film presents its fun mysteries, I had to find out the answers and discover what on earth this film is about! Performances are always positive, particularly from the lead actress Brea Grant. Side actors are also generally pleasing, with only a handful of performances that do come across slightly weaker or feel typically cheesy. The film’s final moments and the ending is questionable, which I promise will leave many viewers either confused or annoyed. In the end, Lucky is a film that is asking its viewers to think hard and process everything they just saw. It also lends itself to an immediate re-watch to discover hidden facts.
Adding to the plot, the soundtrack for Lucky is quirky and fun. I enjoyed hearing several sound effects coming from my surround speakers. The film’s soundtrack is creative when building tension, especially whenever May encounters the stranger lurking around her house.
Overall, Lucky is a film that sets up a fun mystery, which the plot rides on for the remainder of the duration. Once I started the film, I had to know the answers. The leading performance from Brea Grant is exceptionally pleasing, and the same can be said about the film’s fun and creepy soundtrack, which builds tension wonderfully. The biggest disappointment was ultimately the film’s ending and final moments. I’m sure this ending will leave many viewers baffled and encouraged to rewatch the movie to understand the entire film better. Once the film is understood, I found it quite different to anything I’ve seen before.
Lucky (2020) is Now Available on Shudder!
Director: Natasha Kermani (Photo Credit: Sharod Duncan)
Actress: Brea Grant (Photo Credit: Cathy Baron)