Always & 4Ever

2019-12-19 14:07
A scene in 'Always and Forever.'


Four young girls make the biggest mistake of their lives in middle school, and now their past is catching up with them and costing them their lives.


When Nicole's (Cynthia Addai-Robinson) childhood friends Sommer (Deborah Ayorinde), Brandi (Vanessa Curry) and Miranda (Rocsi Diaz) die under mysterious circumstances, detective Dany Tucker (Wood Harris) is convinced that there's more to their deaths than an apparent suicide.

If you love the spine-tingling suspense and the heart-palpitating terror that comes from watching a thriller, then give Always and 4Ever a hard pass at the cinema. This thriller falls flat on its face when it comes to the fright factor.

Grouping the movie in the "thriller" genre, is a bit of a stretch as Always and 4Ever barely held my interest, and I've experienced more suspense waiting for the customer at the front of a queue, to place their coffee order.

The only real excitement or surprise happens during the last seven minutes of the movie – if you haven't figured out the plot twist by then.

On the other hand, if you still want to enjoy a thriller, but sleep sound, then you might feel differently.

The mansions, decorated with elaborate flower arrangements, gorgeous women parading in bandage dresses and expensive cars, seem more appropriate for a Lifetime movie than a cinematic release.

The script was the only frightening thing about the movie, the characters were wafer-thin, and the dialogue was terrible.

I feel bad for critiquing the cast on their acting because they didn't have much to work with, although Cynthia Addai-Robinson's previous stunt experience showed, as she shined when it came to the close combat scenes.

Lauren London, who was cast as Nicole's fourth friend, was my least favourite character and delivered an unconvincing performance.

The writers took the reference "Always and 4Ever" very literally when it came to story arcs – and it made me cringe, it is so cheesy.

I wouldn't be too disappointed if I spent my Friday evening watching the flick at home on my couch with some friends, so perhaps wait for the movie to hit the small screen.

Alternatively, if you're looking for an easy-going night out and are in the mood for a not-so-scary-scary-movie that won't give you the heebie-jeebies, book your ticket now.

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