ABC Film Challenge – Thriller – X – Bad Match (2017) Movie Review

This is under X because it is dealing with an ex that gets into somebody’s life.

Director: David Chirchirillo

Writer: David Chirchirillo (Screenplay)

Starring: Lili Simmons, Brandon Scott, Noureen DeWulf, Kahyun Kim, Jack Cutmore-Scott, Christine Donlon

Plot: An internet-dating playboy’s life spirals out of control after meeting a woman online.

Runtime: 1 Hour 30 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Verdict: Dating Nightmares

Story: Bad Match starts when internet-dating playboy Harris (Cutmore-Scott) meets his latest target, Riley (Simmons) a woman, like most others, he wants to use for a one night stand, before moving onto the next one.

Only his latest pick, sees Riley turn the tables on him, manipulating him and his life, to an extent that he starts suffering nightmares about her, being forced to the extremes to get her out of his life.

Thoughts on Bad Match

Characters – Harris has been spending his time using internet-dating apps for one night stands, he spends the night with the girls before taking them out of his life, he continues to do this until he finds one person that turns the tables on him. He must see his life spiral out of control before facing serious criminal charges, needing to prove he is innocent of a crime. Riley is the latest woman Harris is targeting, she seems like all the rest, only she doesn’t accept the being ghosted well, she pushes Harris to the limits with how she is dealing with the decision to not continue seeing each other. We do meet the generic friends, only we don’t meet them for long enough to learn about them.

PerformancesJack Cutmore-Scott and Lili Simmons in the leading roles show us just how dating will push people to the extremes, they bring both characters, that are both, not the most likeable either.

StoryThe story here follows an internet-dating playboy who finds a new girl, only for his latest woman, to turn into a stalker that isn’t going to let him walk away from her so easily, turning his life into a nightmare. This is a story that easily makes us not like the characters involved, the idea of an internet-dating playboy is something that will make people turn their heads on him with how he goes about dating, part of the film does make us believe he deserve to get what he gets, almost karma, before it does go too far. This does show how if you treat somebody badly, it will catch up with you eventually, only it does feel like this got well out of control and could have portrayed one of the two characters in a better light.

ThrillerThis does try to keep us on the edge of our seats, only it does seem to end up not becoming as intense as it could well be.

SettingsThe film uses the settings to show the routine of everyday life Harris has and has been using, along with how easily it can spin out of control for him.

Scene of the Movie – The creation of Robbie.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – The final phone call.

Final Thoughts This is a thriller that is trying to play on the ideas of internet dating becoming more dangerous to the people involved in it, we have an interesting idea of a playboy having his style turned on its head, only to end up getting caught between going too far and not getting us to support either character.

Overall: Disappointing Thriller.

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