Becky (2020)

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Kevin James goes bad in this shocking thriller from the duo of Cary Murnion and Jonathan Milott.

Becky is a 14-year old who has had it rough since her mother succumbed to cancer. She has disdain for her father when the topic of their family cabin comes up because she is worried that he is going to sell it. When he gives her the good news that he doesn’t plan to sell the cabin, she is excited. However, her excitement falls short when Becky learns her father, Jeff, has met another woman, Kayla, who has a son. He tells Becky of his intention to marry her and Becky is really unhappy and goes to her fort. She also discovers a key to something and holds on to it.

Meanwhile, Dominick, a notorious killer and Neo-Nazi sympathizer has escaped prison with the help of his crew. They embark on making their way to the cabin as the key Dominick is looking for happens to be is in Becky’s hands. When Dominick confronts Jeff and Kayla, Dominick shows his true intentions and demands for the key. When Becky reveals she has the key, Dominick goes on a rampage, shooting Kayla in the leg and ultimately killing Jeff. This prompts Becky to use her instincts as she now seeks revenge and must do what it takes to protect herself, Kayla, and her young son Ty from Dominick and his crew. By any means necessary.

The duo of Cary Murnion and Jonathan Milott have done excellent work with their previous films, the horror-comedy Cooties and the straight up action thriller Bushwick, known for its 10-minute long take scenes. For this, they serve up a double dose of action and horror-like elements that can be said to be a modern-day grindhouse thriller.

14-year old Lulu Wilson is great as the titular Becky, who finds herself conflicted with both her mother’s passing and her father having moved on to a new relationship. The only things that make her happy are her dog Diego and the fact her father is keeping the family cabin. However, she goes from mad to very mad when she finds herself conflicted with something even bigger and that comes in the form of the dangerous killers who invade the cabin.

The highlight of the film is the fact we get to see Kevin James in a whole new light. The comic actor, known for his work on the TV show The King of Queens and as Frankie in the Hotel Transylvania franchise, not only goes straight, but plays the lead villain of this film. James pulls off a tour de force performance that shows he is able to play a serious role, let alone a bad guy. Dominick is ruthless and does it in such a nonchalant way without having to go over the top and James pulls it off perfectly.

Another noteworthy performance goes to Robert Maillat, the former pro wrestler turned actor. Usually known for playing one-dimensional thug-like characters in action films, Maillat is given a chance to show an emotional depth to his role of Apex, one of Dominick’s goons who shows he is not all completely bad and shows a more sympathetic side to what we are used to seeing.

Becky is a great modern day grindhouse style thriller that has a great performance by Lulu Wilson, a tour-de-force breakout for Kevin James, and violent scenes that will make fans go wild and root for our lead character.

WFG RATING: A-

Quiver Distribution presents a Yale/BoulderLight Pictures production in association with BondIt Media Capital, Buffalo8 Productions, SSS Entertainment. Directors: Cary Murnion and Jonathan Milott. Producers: Jordan Yale Levine, Jordan Beckerman, J.D. Lifshitz, Raphael Margules, and Ross Posternak. Writers: Nick Morris, Lane Skye, and Ruckus Skye. Cinematography: Greta Zozula.

Cast: Lulu Wilson, Kevin James, Joel McHale, Amanda Brugel, Isaiah Rockcliffe, Robert Maillat, Ryan McDonald.

 

The film will be released in select theaters, drive-ins, VOD, and Digital on June 5th.

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