Review by Monique Thompsom
Jonathan Shannon (Ryan Phillippe) gives his 17-year-old daughter Clare (Joey King) an old music box that promises to grant its owner seven wishes. Skeptical at first, Clare becomes seduced by its dark powers when her life starts to radically improve with each wish. Everything seems perfect until she realizes that every wish she makes causes the people who are closest to her to die in violent and elaborate ways.
Basically, if you’re wanting to see Wish Upon because the trailer looks quite scary, you’re going to be disappointed. While it’s from the same writers of Annabelle, this film here is nothing like the psychological thriller that it looks to be in the trailer. Instead of bone-chilling terror, basically the result is an attempt at a Final Destination & Wishmaster combination.
Ryan Philippe as a trash digging, widowed father to daughter Clare is a very interesting role for the veteran actor. He’s been away from the big screen for a while, with most of his latest projects going straight to VOD. Philippe is a very versatile actor as his character in Wish Upon is much different than his lead role in the tv series Shooter. By far he’s one of the most underrated actors and does an excellent job with emotion in this film.
Joey King as Clare also does a decent job. The character of Clare is your typical C-List teenage girl that wants to fit in and become popular at school. When her dad brings home a music box from one of his dumpster dives, she inquisitively makes a wish, not realizing that as her wishes are granted, she’s going to lose a loved one, in a very horrific manner.
The death scenes are all Final Destination style – freak accidents with plenty of blood and guts. In a good way, most of the scenes are quite suspenseful, leading up to what you know will inevitably be a gruesome fatality. The good thing here is the fact that the film has a bit of humor and moves swiftly along. There’s truly no dull moments and as long as you can accept the fact that you won’t be scared out of your mind, Wish Upon is decent with an interesting ending that hints towards a sequel.