Y/N You Lie, You Die
Directed by Enrico Clerico Nasino (The International, The Other Man),
his latest movie is definitely a homage to the Saw series plus a
touch of The Cell in this psychological horror/thriller about
trust and relationships. Consider it Saw for couples. The premise
behind the story is how much do you trust your lover and if you were
both pushed to the extreme, would you still love each other? The other
question is, how far would you go to save yourself or even kill another
individual to secure your own safety? These are some of the questions
that Y/N You Lie, You Die poses to the individual.
story begins with Jack (John Brotherton) proposing to his girlfriend
Kate (Ellen Hollman) that leads them to getting married, even though she
seems reluctant as she whispers something before the proposal. It's
these little clues that make Y/N You Lie, You Die such a clever
thriller at times. Unfortunately sometime after their wedding, both are
captured by what appears at first to be a serial killer. The person who
captured them uses video snippets from video cameras, security cameras
and other hidden cameras to cast doubt into their minds and to question
how perfect their relationship really is. These videos are displayed on
their cells in an almost classic A Clockwork Orange fashion.
person or persons who captured Jack and Kate begin to show each of them
separate footage of their lives, putting doubt into their minds of
whether they can trust the other person and whether they truly loved
them in the first place. As both are locked in separate rooms, they are
put through a string of psychological tests with a monitor asking them a
question with only two answers, a button for yes and a button for no.
Unfortunately each answer has a consequence such as robbing their
partner of sleep, the use of their legs or other nefarious torture
techniques. As the story progresses, we soon learn that Jack has a huge
gambling debt and that Kate may or may not have cheated on her husband.
Unfortunately where Y/N You Lie, You Die falls apart is the lack
of answers and the disbelief that someone or something could create such
an elaborate setup to dissect two individuals relationships. With only
just a handful of characters in the film, it could almost be converted
into a play but fortunately the two main actors successfully play their
characters well in this clichéd psychological horror thriller that you
need to suspend your disbelieve to enjoy! Ironically for the most part,
it actually works and if you enjoyed Saw, The Cell or A Clockwork
Orange, Y/N You Lie, You Die falls somewhere between the gaps but
just not as good!