Choose - 4 stars out of 10
“Choose” is a pretty twisted film as a murderer forces his victim to make a terrible choice (forcing a girl to kill her father or her mother, or else he’ll kill them both). Psychologically, it’s very clever… but it reminds me of the “Saw” franchise where it’s interesting to think about but I don’t want to watch it. The story is well constructed, centering on a journalist and her sheriff dad who research a serial killer and find connections amidst his seemingly random victims. Unfortunately, the script kills the story. It is slow, simple (not in the good way), and does not give the actors much to work with. Katheryn Winnick is the exception as she plays her role well, but even well-known actors Kevin Pollack and Bruce Dern cannot make something out of nothing. It seemed like the movie might find redemption with its twist that brings perfect sense to the killer’s choosing theme was really interesting… but then the random double-twist at the very end confuses the whole thing, resulting in frustration and annoyance. “Choose” was a good movie to have on in the background as I worked on other things but, if given the choice to watch this film again or pass, you can guess which I would choose.