Final Girl (2015)
I was looking for a new thriller to watch when I came across Final Girl, a film I hadn't previously heard of but couldn't wait to watch when I saw that it starred Abigail Breslin. Final Girl is about Veronica, who has been trained her whole life to take on a group of teenage boys who take blonde girls on "dates", ask them to dress up in heels and dresses, then hunt them down in the woods before killing them. Veronica knows what she must do and her body is a weapon, but can she get away from the boys when she is outnumbered and unarmed?
Final Girl was thrilling from the beginning. I enjoyed watching Veronica's relationship with her trainer and the activities he gave her in order to train her. Then, as the night progressed with Veronica meeting the boys, I grew more and more interested. The acting was flawless, Breslin in particular, but Alexander Ludwig (The Hunger Games, Lone Survivor) was excellent too. I would highly recommend watching this film if you haven't already seen it. The atmosphere that is built throughout will mess with your mind in the best possible way.
*The following section may contain slight spoilers so if you haven't seen the film, you may not want to read any further.*
However, there were a few questions that were left unanswered and I'd quite like to know more, in order for the film to seem complete. Huge chunks of Veronica's childhood are missing - we see her as a small child when her trainer first adopts her, then when she is a teenager ready to take on her mission - but other than that, we know little about the way she was raised. Was she raised by him all her life? Then why does she have a weird attraction towards him if he's a father figure to her?
We also aren't told why the boys like to hunt girls. Other than the fact the director is slightly mimicking the style of A Clockwork Orange, in my opinion, as the scenes where the boys get ready for their night out with Veronica gave me this impression. I can understand that it may seem more psychologically disturbing to not know why these boys like to hunt and kill girls after chasing them around the woods, but I did find it slightly unnerving to not know - and not in a good way.
Apart from the unanswered questions and slightly incomplete storyline, I would highly recommend watching this film. It is disturbing, thrilling and left me thinking about it for days.