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With: Iola Evans, Asa Butterfield, Angela Griffin, Ryan Gage, Joe Bolland, Kate Fleetwood, Ioanna Kimbook, Pete Machale, Robert Englund, Eddie Marsan
Written by: Simon Allen, based on a story by Simon Allen, Toby Meakins, Matthew James Wilkinson
Directed by: Toby Meakins
MPAA Rating: NR
Running Time: 84
Date: 04/15/2022

Choose or Die (2022)

3 Stars (out of 4)

8-Bit Players

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

This low-rent horror movie doesn't really offer anything new, and its plot sounds similar to a dozen other tech-related chillers, but its quiet, menacing atmosphere is enough to keep the attention and make it worth a late-night look. College-age Kayla (Iola Evans) is stuck with a night job as a cleaner, while caring for her drug-addicted mother, and dodging a sleazy, exploitive landlord. She brings old-time tech to her computer-nerd friend, Isaac (Asa Butterfield), and unfortunately, the latest delivery includes a 1980s retro video game called "CURS>R." And, worse, the game demands that the player "choose or die," and the choice generally results in someone else dying. It seems to tap into Kayla's deepest fears, and she must stay on her toes to survive. Choose or Die isn't afraid to get pessimistic, asking questions about the prices we might pay to survive. The cackling voice of Robert Englund completes the "retro" vibe.

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