Review of ‘Five Nights at Freddy’s’: Creepypizza | ET REALITY

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The night shifts of a workweek should offer enough time to turn an overstuffed traumatic plot into an enjoyable camp horror fest. But while “Five Nights at Freddy’s,” based on a popular video game franchise, strives for a horror-comedy style, this grim, gentle adaptation never achieves the hybrid pleasures of a film like “M3gan.” You may laugh, but it’s hard to know if the movie is laughing with you.

Directed by Emma Tammi, “Five Nights” follows the taciturn Mike (Josh Hutcherson), whose troubles holding down a job have put him in danger of losing custody of his younger sister, Abby (Piper Rubio). Desperate, Mike takes a mysterious job as the sole security guard at the defunct and run-down Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza, a former playhouse that featured animatronic animals.

One might expect the film’s built-in timeline amidst these creepy machines to result in a series of scenes that escalate in violence or alarm. Instead, the story takes a more mysterious route. In addition to his immediate burdens, Mike is obsessed with solving the kidnapping of his younger brother long ago and hopes that inducing REM sleep (even while he is at work) will reproduce the memory of his dreams and reveal repressed details.

It’s a harrowing story, and Mike’s lingering grief sucks a lot of the life out of what could have been a pleasantly disturbing affair. The jump scares, which rely on quick cuts to close-ups, are often ineffective, and genre tropes abound: creepy, gaping children; a local police officer (Elizabeth Lail) giving indirect warnings. Come to think of it, the seemingly unlimited time the cop has to hang out at Freddy’s house while he’s on duty is a little creepy.

Five nights at Freddy’s
Rated PG-13. Duration: 1 hour 50 minutes. In cinemas and in peacock.

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