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I-Lived (2015/XLrator DVD)

Picture: B- Sound: B- Extras: D Film: C-

I-Lived is the classic spin on the 'genie in the bottle' story only with an app instead of a Genie. The film follows the exploits of Josh Fosse, who is a 20 something guy whose life is going nowhere. His girl left, his rent is late, and he lacks a real job. He is trying to make it as an app reviewer online and decides to review a self help app called i-Lived for fun.

He signs on to the app, accepts the terms and conditions, and immediately his life turns around. Do you think our hero has even seen the comedy film Bedazzled, original or remake? Anyway... he meets the girl of his dreams and he gets a job offer he can't refuse. Convinced it's his own luck and not the app, he signs out... and loses everything. He signs on again but this time the terms are different, the app is asking him to do things that are out of his moral comfort zone... but essential to becoming the success the app tells him he can be. The film stars Jeremiah Watkins, Sarah Power, and Elaine Partnow.

The film is stylistically not bad as the director is Franck Khalfoun, who did last year's Maniac remake with Elijah Wood and the pretty terrible P2. The guy knows how to direct a decent horror movie but unfortunately can't escape the dumb premise. What works in It Follows and even The Ring and doesn't work for me here is the sense that the evil is unbeatable and comes after you no matter what. In this film, he is basically just following orders to kill out of fear and that didn't really work for me.

Presented in standard definition with an anamorphic 1.78 X 1 widescreen transfer and a lossy Dolby Digital 5.1 track, the film looks fine on DVD but could benefit from a Blu-ray upgrade. No extras.

- James Harland Lockhart V



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