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Lifechanger (2018)

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A murderous shapeshifter sets out on a blood-soaked mission to make things right with the woman he loves.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lora Burke ... Julia Wilson
Jack Foley ... Robert
Elitsa Bako Elitsa Bako ... Emily Roberts
Sam White Sam White ... Sam Richardson (as Sam James White)
Rachel VanDuzer ... Rachel
Steve Kasan ... Detective Freddie Ransone
Mark Rainmaker ... John
Adam Buller Adam Buller ... James
Peter Higginson ... Andrew
Daniel Faraldo ... Bill
Brian Quintero Brian Quintero ... Tommy
Ry Barrett ... Richard
Kim Morgan Kim Morgan ... Colleen
Michelle D'Alessandro Hatt ... Mary Richardson
Carina Battrick ... Hannah Richardson (as Carina London Battrick)
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A murderous shapeshifter sets out on a blood-soaked mission to make things right with the woman he loves.

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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 January 2019 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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2.35 : 1
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Somewhat original concept, but it's surprisingly uninvolving
27 July 2019 | by jimbo-53-186511See all my reviews

I'll admit I was intrigued by this film from the write-up and it did look as though it would offer a variant on the usual slant in the horror film world; rather than having someone going round killing people senselessly we have someone killing people and then becoming that person in order to survive. This works to an extent due to the intriguing concept, but sadly different does not always mean good...

The shape-shifting element to the story is of some interest and in its early stages and at the start I was invested in what was happening; who would be targeted next and how each target would slot into the story and while it works at the start after about the first 30 minutes it starts to become repetitive - particularly when precious little is learnt about our 'shape-shifter.' An example of this is where we're told early in the film that the 'shape-shifter' used to last longer in a body, but now they could only exist for short periods of time in someone else's body - this becomes a recurring theme throughout the film. The problem is that this is never really elaborated on and the 'shape-shifter' also doesn't have much of a backstory which is what gives the film its uninvolving feel. In fact its only the idea that the 'shape-shifter' must find a new body quickly that gets the film any kind of urgency at all.

Lifechanger does make some relevations towards the end which may go towards alleviating some viewer's frustration, but on the other hand the finale felt a little forced and rushed and the ending to me never comes across as being quite as profound as it thinks it is. I also found the voiceover a little irritating and never really felt that it added much to the film - this was made worse by the fact that I thought the guy narrating the film sounded like Nicolas Cage which just acted as a further distraction.

The acting is about what you'd expect given the budget etc and whilst no-one stands out as being particularly bad it is only Lora Burke and Jack Foley who really make much of an impression.

On the whole then this isn't terrible, but I sometimes think that whoever does the ratings for the films on SKY needs their head examining; Lifechanger was given 4.5 stars out of 5 which I think is ridiculous. IMDB rates the film as 5.5 out of 10 which I think is a much more accurate reflection of the overall quality of this film.

SIDE NOTE; that opening scene though with Elitsa Bako - just wow!!!


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