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17. 'Come Out and Play'
I can't even be pithy about this one this week. I saw it at Toronto, and it played again at Fantastic Fest and the AFI Fest, and I'm sure at some point, it'll play a theater or a Netflix or a Redbox near you. It's a remake of a Spanish film called "Who Can Kill A Child?" and it hinges on the notion of an island where all the kids have been gripped by a collective madness, where they have killed everyone, and where anyone who arrives on the island is going to be hunted and killed by these kids. And the reason they're so effective is because no one who comes to the island would ever immediately want to harm the kids. They're just kids. They don't look like monsters. They don't suddenly get magic powers and they're not possessed. They're just children, and they're totally disarming until it's too late. The original isn't a great movie, but it's got some effective moments. "Come Out And Play" is a note for note remake, except the few moments that it does not do again were actually some of the better moments in the original. It's stunningly slavish, except in a few notably bad ways. That takes a special skill set, and the who-gives-a-crap-about-your-secret-identity-one-named Makinov, who wrote and directed the remake, seems to me to be an entirely mediocre mimic in a mask, and nothing more.
- Drew McWeeny