The Reel Review

C-

When four escaped convicts take her family hostage at their Georgia lake house, feisty young teenager Becky takes matters into her own hands, in this horror/thriller starring Lulu Wilson (Annabelle: Creation, Ouija: Origin of Evil) and Kevin James (King of Queens).

The story itself makes absolutely no sense – we never learn the story behind the key that the convicts are seeking, or even how they knew it was in that house. But nevermind that “key” story point, because the focus of this wacky revenge porn is all the messed up ways this much bloodier, gorier, female version of Home Alone’s Macauley Culkin can come up with to kill the bad guys. To that effort, Wilson is pretty effective. The only other believable performance is Amanda Brugel (The Handmaid’s Tale) as prospective step mom Kayla. This is not a film for the squeamish – dogs and kids are included in the body count.

Fans of mindless gore and the aforementioned revenge porn will have a ball (maybe make that an eye ball?) sitting through Becky, but nearly everyone else will be scratching their heads wondering what the hell they just saw. Becky is not even a decent movie, but for those who don’t care about such things as story or plot or believability, Becky is gruesomely entertaining.

REEL FACTS

• Following a brief two season stint on the comedy series The Millers, child actress Lulu Wilson returned to her horror/thriller film roots in 2016’s Ouija: Origin of Evil and 2017’s Annabelle: Creation. More recently Wilson appeared in the 2018 TV miniseries The Haunting of Hill House and Sharp Objects and appeared as Kestra in 2020’s Star Trek: Picard.

• Becky marks the dramatic debut for comic actor Kevin James (King of Queens, Paul Blart: Mall Cop), who replaced Simon Pegg (Mission Impossible: Fallout) when Pegg dropped out due to a scheduling conflict.

• Robert Maillet, who plays the physically imposing convict Apex, is a former Canadian professional wrestler that performed under the names Goliath El Gigante and Kurrgan. He is 6’10” tall.

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