It’s time again to mess up the past, present and future. After the success of the prequel, Happy Death Day 2U brings fresh blood into the cinema from Valentine’s Day.
Jessica Rothe leads the returning cast of Happy Death Day 2U, the follow-up to Blumhouse’s (Glass, Split, Get Out, The Purge series) surprise 2017 hit of riveting, repeating twists and comic turns.
THE CAST & CHARACTERS
TREE (JESSICA ROTHE)
This time, our hero Tree Gelbman discovers that dying over and over was surprisingly easier than the dangers that lie ahead. When we left Tree last time, she saved herself from a certain death at the hands of her roommate Lori (RUBY MODINE). You remember, she kicked the psychopath out of the Kappa Nu sorority window.
Tree’s never-ending birthday was FINALLY over. Hereafter, she managed to start an entire new life. Furthermore, she swore to never repeat her old mistakes again. Or so she thought.
CARTER (ISRAEL BROUSSARD)
No sooner has Tree said goodbye to the endless loop and begun a promising new relationship with Carter than she realizes that solving the puzzle of her bizarre murder has had unintended consequences. On a scale that will send shockwaves through the multiverse.
RYAN (PHI VU)
Carter’s roommate, Ryan, whose fascinating ability to always be in the wrong place at the wrong second, has spent his college years building a machine designed to prove that time can be slowed down to the molecular level.
Alongside his fellow aspiring engineers Samar (SURAJ SHARMA) and Dre (SARAH YARKIN), Ryan and team are this close to perfecting the Sisyphus Quantum Cooling Reactor (SISSY) and becoming candidates for a Nobel Prize (or blowing up Bayfield University and everyone within a 100-mile radius, whichever comes first).
DANIELLE (RACHEL MATTHEWS)
When Tree wakes up to find that it’s Ryan’s meddling with the natural order that has brought havoc to every dimension, she must rally the troops — including Kappa house president Danielle to get to the real source of the time jumps and fix it for good.
Tree’s stuck in a parallel version of her actual world. For good and bad, everything is slightly askew. Thus, Tree’s wondering if she’s better off here or back in the life she has always known.
As Tree reconnects with lost family, confronts those in her past — including former fling Professor Gregory (CHARLES AITKEN) — and faces new villains, such as Dean Bronson (STEVE ZISSIS), she will realize that she is the only one keeping herself from getting home.
It’s up to Tree to take the karmic lessons learned from dying 11 times yesterday to rally her inner badass and take down everyone who ever underestimated her.
Equal parts terrifying horror, unexpected comedy and time-turning adventure, the new film from returning producer JASON BLUM (Glass, Split, Get Out) and returning writer/director CHRISTOPHER LANDON (Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones) proves that the only person who can save the megaverse is a (reformed?) megalomaniac.
Jennifer Rothe shows her comedian talent and that she can entertain us around 100 minutes perfectly. She understands to take us to a trip, which is twisting every quarter of an hour, sometimes shocking but always very funny.
Of course, Happy Death Day 2U is not made for well-experienced horror enthusiasts. However, even those could have a lot of fun, when they accept the movie as it: an entertaining college fun-thriller of a special kind.
Thus, Happy Death Day 2U is a worthy sequel to Happy Death Day and our second film tip of the month.
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