For years one of the subjects for almost any genre of film is the teenager. They always seem to put themselves in crazy situations that lend to some often fun and bloody gore. The latest film Complicity falls closer to the thriller-esque genre than anything else, but does it have the interesting story to back it up or will it be just another forgettable film that will get lost on the shelf?
Complicity follows a group of teenagers at a party that goes from a simple fun time to a night of betrayal and murder that will change their lives forever. This film plays like pretty much every teenage comedy for the first half, but then takes a darker turn. The story is pretty predictable with each character being a cliché of the genre but without the substance to really make the film work. As the story progresses it does get a bit more entertaining and had they just let the characters lose instead of holding back it would have made for a way more intense film. Most of the performances were fine with only a couple that struggled a bit but never really affecting the overall film. As typical with most films like this it is pretty predictable despite trying to lead you down a path of suspense. The other issue here is that it is never really clear what it is really trying to say. You can go with the obvious aspect of the series, but they edited in some flashes and an ending to imply something else without ever really giving you the truth. This works at times but you have to have a more clever way to execute it as opposed to just trying to be clever.
This isn’t a bad movie it just never really pushes itself to the level it needed to really be effective. It needed a couple of extra scenes or dialogue or something to help flush it out a bit more. This film is still worth a rental and is sure to entertain just don’t think too much and just let it happen.