Film Review: Becky Dir: Jonathan Milott & Cary Murnion

Starring: Lulu Wilson, Kevin James Joel McHale

This nail-biting thriller has two things going for it…a (very) empowered 13-year-old girl and The King Of Queens as the Angel Of Doom.

The 13-year-old in question is the titular Becky (played wonderfully by Lulu Wilson) who is, indeed, all of 14 years old now.

And, yes, that’s Kevin James aka Paul Blart: Mall Cop, aka The King Of Queens, sporting a swastika tattoo on the back of his head and threatening to kill anyone who gets in his way.

The plot to Becky is fairly standard… bad dude (Dominick played by Kevin James) and his crew break out of jail, killing guards and innocent bystanders alike. James is totally convincing as one bad mother.

As these thing go, the ex-prisoners take hostages and threaten more innocent lives… Beck’s dad, his finance, her young son, even the family dog.

There’s plenty of suspense as Dominick toys with, threatens and even kills. But he didn’t plan on running into a very determined 13-year-old girl.

Yes, Becky has some issues (what 13-year-old doesn’t) and she channels all of her rage at Dominick and his band of not-so-merry men.

By the end of this rather unlikely scenario, you’ll be cheering (and hiding your eyes) as various baddies get their comeuppance, be it by eye gouging, fire poker or the shredding blades of a motor boat.

There’s plenty of gore, just enough tension and even some humour to keep you entertained for 100 minutes or so.

Becky’s not for everyone, but if you need to kick-start your pulse while taking in it’s “feel-good” ending. Then it might be for you.

Marty Duda