Review by Monique Thompson
Collegian Tree Gelbman wakes up in horror to learn that she’s stuck in a parallel universe. Her boyfriend Carter is now with someone else, and her friends and fellow students seem to be completely different versions of themselves. When Tree discovers that Carter’s roommate has been altering time, she finds herself once again the target of a masked killer. When the psychopath starts to go after her inner circle, Tree soon realizes that she must die over and over again to save everyone.
Jason Blum returns as producer in the sequel to the 2017 film, Happy Death Day. The original cast returns to reprise their roles in Blumhouse Productions Happy Death Day 2U. **SPOILER** After killing the killer in part one, her roommate Lori, Tree would have never guessed she’d be back where it all started. After discovering that Carter’s roommate is responsible for creating a time-warp like machine that causes the time-loops, Tree finds herself waking up on her birthday in Carter’s bed, just like before. Only this time, she realizes that things aren’t happening in exactly the same way as before. Tree discovers that her friends are more intertwined and Lori is not the killer as she suspected. After dying over and over again, Tree finds out that the parallel universe that she’s stuck in may just be better than the life she’s accustomed to.
HDD2U is the furthest thing from a horror film (just like the first film) so don’t expect to be frightened in any way. In part one, the film took a stab-no pun intended- at being a slasher like horror film, but in the followup, things take a more comedic turn with some emotionally conflicted moments. While it may not have been the production teams idea to switch genres for the film, there’s no way this should be categorized as any degree of horror. HDD2U resembles a Back To The Future film, but is still entertaining. A sci-fi/comedy would probably be more fitting to categorize what the film offers.
The good thing about HDD2U is that is takes a seemingly simple direction by sticking with the original cast and roles, and offering a simple reprise of the first film. Initially things seem to head in the direction of repeating everything from before but changes things just a bit, relinquishing total predictability of things ending like the first one. Jessica Rothe portrays Tree very well again, and connects to the emotionally charged moments authentically. Simply put, HDD2U is a fun film, and if you stay until after the ending credits, it seems as though a third installment may happen. Is that even needed, only time will tell.
STARRING: Jessica Rothe, Israel Broussard, Phi Vu, Ruby Modine, Suraj Sharma
In theaters February 13th
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