873. Tag

Title: Tag
Director: Jeff Tomsic
Year: 2018
Run time: 1hr 40m

“One month every year, five highly competitive friends hit the ground running in a no-holds-barred game of tag they’ve been playing since the first grade – risking their necks, their jobs and their relationships to take each other down with the battle cry “You’re It!” This year, the game coincides with the wedding of their only undefeated player, which should finally make him an easy target. But he knows they’re coming… and he’s ready. Based on a true story, “Tag” shows how far some guys will go to be the last man standing.”

Live blog

2:25 – “Don’t throw away no more new stuff.”
6:40 – You can’t tag someone at their wedding! No fair!
12:30 – Woah, this game is intense, they’ve wrecked someone else’s house!
17:46 – Once again, I can’t quite fathom how this is going to be sustained for a whole film.
21:54 – Loving Isla’s character, completely cray cray.
26:37 – I mean, they could just not get married in May. Family tradition or not.
29:15 – “Tag is more than a game, it’s a way of life.”
36:42 – Ooh, Game of Life. Why couldn’t they just play that?
38:40 – Renner is more kick-ass in this than in the Avengers or Bourne. How is that possible?
41:12 – “Okay, synchronise your watches.” “I don’t know how to do that.” “I don’t wear a watch.” “Time is a construct.”
50:52 – Golf kart chase is fun.
54:31 – “It’s leaves and grass. And centipedes. Just typical wood stuff.”
1:01:34 – They’re actually waterboarding Dave??
1:14:36 – “Maybe we’re bad people.” “Maybe?”
1:21:18 – They really are diabolical.
1:32:32 – Oh god, please don’t run in the hospital.

Conclusions

Very interesting film, this one. It’s a dark comedy, along the lines of Game Night – a bit of a twist on the normal comedy format with some moments where you’re genuinely shocked. It’s a fascinating idea, this true story, games lingering on into adulthood when they really should have stopped, and how they affect the lives.

Great cast, and Isla Fisher was incredible at being terrifying in her eagerness. I also liked Jeremy Renner’s efforts, particularly when he was being all ninja.

Despite the twists and turns throughout, and the sobering ending, it somehow ended up being an inspiring and uplifting finale. The scene of them running around the hospital, all getting involved and just having fun despite whatever was happening in real life.

Rating: 5/5