Abigail Breslin has really managed to leave her mark on the horror genre of late. She’s really approached the genre with respect and a lot of charisma, prompting some prime roles only she could tackle. “Final Girl” is one of those roles that seems custom fit for Breslin who uses this role to show she’s no longer the cute little girl or adorable teenager anymore. She’s a woman, and she’s making herself seen big time.
“Final Girl” is a rather genius concept, and one I was hooked on from minute one. Apparently set in the fifties, Breslin plays Veronica, the survivor of a double murder that took her parents. She’s recruited by a top secret organization to become a skilled assassin. Wes Bentley is fantastic as her mentor and trainer who puts Veronica through the wringer for her biggest assignment. She’s going to infiltrate a gang of young men that happen to get their jollies off by stalking and murdering innocent young girls. They lure them out to the woods and hunt them down.
Now the barely social Veronica has to put aside all insecurity and inevitably begins turning the tables on the young men that enjoy their physical advantages on women through vicious murder and mutilation. A lot of “Final Girl” is about build up and what will happen when the bad guys eventually get their comeuppance. Veronica’s mission is walking on egg shells and finding a way to keep her predators’ guards down the entire time, and Breslin is just fantastic at playing possum. As Veronica, she’s a complex and multi-layered individual who is still navigating her own life and finds out more and more why these young men have to be stopped and most definitely snuffed out like wild dogs. Much of “Final Girl” seems to either set up a series or a franchise, and damn it, I want one.
Veronica is a very interesting heroine who could prove to be able to bring down all kinds of horror tropes while trying to fit in to her current society. There’s even a hinted romance between her and her mentor that’s heavily hinted at, and should there be a sequel, I’d love to see how it’s approached further with a follow up. “Final Girl” is very smart with its budget, garnering a very small cast that’s crucial to the narrative, and once the hunt begins, “Final Girl” really picks up as a reverse horror movie where our final girl is not by any means a damsel dependent on men. “Final Girl” is really one of the more entertaining and slick horror productions of the year, filled with great performances, including Breslin who is just top notch as a horror heroine extraordinaire. I hope there’s a follow up sometime soon. I want to see more of this universe.