Wish Upon (2017) (Blu-ray/DVD Review)
Directed By: John R. Leonetti
Starring: Joey King, Sherilyn Fenn, Elisabeth Röhm
Rated: PG-13 & UR/Region A/2:39/1080p/Number of Discs 2
Available from Broad Green Pictures
A teen girl discovers a magical box that will grant her seven wishes. As she uses her wishes for personal gain, bad things begin to happen to those around her. She discovers an evil entity lives inside the box and may be behind the gruesome deaths.
Was Wish Upon a film that actually got an honest to goodness theatrical release? If so, I’m sure it would have gotten a lot of tweens and teens to the theater just so they could ignore the film and makeout. If that was the case, it could be the best thing this one would have to offer! You’ve heard this whole set-up before, more commonly with the films involving monkey paws and the likes. A girl finds a music box and it will grant her seven wishes, but each wish comes with a price and it is usually in the form of a dead body. She makes wishes and things turn bad, but then she gets greedy and starts to making wishes despite knowing this info. Only to then try to make wishes to fix everything but something else goes wrong. It probably had potential but everyone seems to be walking through the film on autopilot and I do happen to think Ryan Phillippe deserves better and has done better than he does here. Our young cast mostly just comes off as annoying that includes actress Shannon Purser who is playing one of our lead’s friends and is most commonly known these days for being Barb on Stranger Things.
The movie has more than one face you’ll recognize from the ones mentioned above to Sherilyn Fenn. The whole thing comes across like a mix between some other “wish gone bad” movie you’ve seen and Final Destination. Out of the deaths you get here, some are kind of cool and one at least would have been cooler if the CGI wasn’t sticking out as bad in it. Like I said, there isn’t a whole lot going on here that we haven’t already seen done and done much better before. I had some high hopes going into this one and those high hopes only lasted about 25 minutes before it became clear what I was in for with this one. It is a shame, but there isn’t a whole lot to see here.
– I Wish: The Cast Share What They Would Wish
– Attic Tour with Joey King
– Directing Darkness: The Director and Cast Talk About Developing a Horror Film
– Motion Comics
Quality of Transfer: 98%