Happy Death Day 2u

Happy Death Day 2U is a 2019 American science fiction comedy slasher film written and directed by Christopher Landon. It stars Jessica Rothe, Israel Broussard, Phi Vu, Rachel Matthews, Suraj Sharma and Ruby Modine and again follows Tree Gelbman (Rothe) finding herself reliving the same day repeatedly after being hunted and killed by a masked assailant, only now her friends are also targets. The film is a sequel to 2017's Happy Death Day, with Jason Blum again serving as a producer through his Blumhouse Productions company.

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Happy Death Day 2U
Theatrical release poster
Directed byChristopher Landon
Produced byJason Blum
Written byChristopher Landon
Based onCharacters
by Scott Lobdell
Starring
Music byBear McCreary
CinematographyToby Oliver
Edited byBen Baudhuin
Production
company
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release date
  • February 13, 2019 (2019-02-13) (United States)
Running time
100 minutes[1]
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$9 million[1]
Box office$27.2 million[1]

Happy Death Day 2U is a 2019 American science fiction comedy slasher film written and directed by Christopher Landon. It stars Jessica Rothe, Israel Broussard, Phi Vu, Rachel Matthews, Suraj Sharma and Ruby Modine and again follows Tree Gelbman (Rothe) finding herself reliving the same day repeatedly after being hunted and killed by a masked assailant, only now her friends are also targets.[2] The film is a sequel to 2017's Happy Death Day, with Jason Blum again serving as a producer through his Blumhouse Productions company.

The film was released on February 13, 2019, by Universal Pictures. It received mixed reviews from critics, who praised Rothe's performance, as well as this film's shift to a more sci-fi tone, although some noted it as derivative of the first film.[3]

Plot

Carter's roommate Ryan wakes up in his car on Tuesday, September 19. After walking in on Tree and Carter, he resumes working with fellow science students Samar and Dre on their experimental quantum reactor. After the school dean, Bronson, shuts down the project for triggering several power outages, Ryan is murdered by someone dressed as Babyface and wakes up on the morning of Tuesday the 19th. After Tree explains her experience being stuck reliving Monday the 18th, Tree and Carter agree to help him, and learn from Samar and Dre that the reactor was responsible for creating the new loop. The new Babyface tracks Ryan down, but Tree subdues and unmasks him as another Ryan. The second Ryan frantically warns that the original must die for the loop to close. Terrified, Ryan tries to close the loop using the reactor, releasing a powerful energy pulse that knocks everyone to the floor.

Tree wakes up in Carter's room on Monday the 18th, and relives her original time loop anew, but notices that some things are different: Lori is not the Babyface killer and Carter is now dating Danielle. Ryan theorizes that using the reactor caused Tree to drift into another dimension. When Tree learns that her mother is also alive in this new reality, she decides to stay.

Later that night, Tree goes to the hospital to intercept serial killer John Tombs before he escapes. A police officer handcuffs her before Babyface kills him. Tree runs into Lori, who tells her that Babyface cannot be Tombs because she just took him in for surgery. The pair try to escape but Babyface appears and stabs Lori, then chases Tree to the roof where she accidentally falls to her death. Tree wakes at the beginning of her loop, and demands that Ryan and his team help her escape it, which will require them to try dozens of different algorithms until they find the right one. At Carter's suggestion, Tree volunteers to serve as the group's recorder, killing herself at the end of each day so they can start again. Eventually, her injuries catch up with her and she faints. Waking up in the hospital, Tree steals a gun to go after Tombs, only to find Lori already dead. Babyface attacks and Tree shoots him dead. However, a second Babyface attacks, forcing Tree to kill herself again.

Based on Tree's work, the group discover the correct algorithm. However, a technical issue forces a delay of several hours. Faced with a choice of which reality she wants to be in when both time loops close, Tree decides to remain in the current dimension. Carter urges Tree to consider the consequences of living a life that is not truly hers and states that her experience with grief helped shape her into the person she is now. To hide from Babyface, Tree convinces her parents to drive her home. Later that evening, the news reports that Carter was murdered along with Lori when he tried to save her at the hospital. Unable to contact Ryan to stop the experiment, Tree kills herself so she can save Carter and Lori. The loop restarts, and Tree decides to go back to her own reality. She advises Lori to end her affair with Dr. Butler, discovers that Danielle is cheating on Carter, and has a final heart-to-heart conversation with her mother at their birthday lunch.

Bronson confiscates the reactor before Ryan and the others can activate it. Believing she is getting too weak to die again, Tree insists that they have to steal the device back. The group enlists Danielle to distract Bronson while Tree and the others successfully recover the reactor. As Ryan readies the device, Tree goes to the hospital to rescue Lori from Tombs. However, the second Babyface traps them. Tree reveals that Babyface is actually Butler, who wanted to bury the evidence of his affair with Lori. Gregory's wife Stephanie appears and shoots Lori, revealing that she is in league with her husband before he betrays and kills her. Carter arrives and distracts Gregory, allowing Tree to lure him away and kill him. Lori survives her gunshot wound and reconciles with Tree. Tree and Carter kiss as the reactor activates, sending Tree back to her original dimension on Tuesday the 19th.

Tree, Carter, Ryan, Samar and Dre are forced to pick up garbage across campus for a day as punishment for defying Bronson. Dr. Peters arrives to escort the five students to a DARPA laboratory, where the reactor has been moved for further experimentation. Tree volunteers Danielle as a test subject, trapping her in a new loop. Danielle screams in horror.

Cast

Production

Development

Director Christopher Landon has talked about the possibility of a sequel, focusing on why Tree went into a time loop.[10] Jessica Rothe stated that while most horror sequels retread the original, Landon's pitch instead "elevates the movie from being a horror movie into a Back to the Future type of genre film where the sequel joins us right from where we left off, it explains a lot of things in the first one that didn't get explained, and it elevates everything."[11]

On May 1, 2018, Blumhouse Productions announced that Landon would return to direct the film, with Rothe and Israel Broussard reprising their roles while Suraj Sharma and Sarah Yarkin joined the cast.[12] The next day, it was announced that Ruby Modine would reprise her role.[13]

Principal photography on the film began on May 14, 2018, in New Orleans, Louisiana.[14] In November 2018, Ben Baudhuin was confirmed to be the editor.[15]

Release

Happy Death Day 2U was released on February 13, 2019. It was originally scheduled to be released one day later, on Valentine's Day.[16] However, the film was rescheduled after request from a relative of a victim of the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting, which happened exactly one year prior.[17]

Reception

Box office

As of February 18, 2019, Happy Death Day 2U has grossed $14.7 million in the United States and Canada, and $11.8 million in other territories, for a worldwide total of $26.5 million, against a production budget of $9 million.[1]

In the United States and Canada, Happy Death Day 2U was released alongside Isn't It Romantic and was projected to gross $17–20 million from 3,000 theaters in its opening weekend.[18] After not holding Tuesday night previews, the film made $992,000 on its first day and $2.7 million on Valentine's Day, for a two-day total of $3.7 million.[19] It went on to debut to $9.8 million (a five-day total of $13.5 million), finishing $3.5 million below expectations and fifth at the box office.[20]

Critical response

On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 67% based on 141 reviews, with an average rating of 5.9/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "A funnier follow-up with a sci-fi bent, Happy Death Day 2U isn't as fiendishly fresh as its predecessor, but fans of the original may still find this a sequel worth celebrating."[21] On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 56 out of 100, based on 29 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[22] Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "B" on an A+ to F scale, the same score as the first film, while those at PostTrak gave it an average 2.5 out of 5 stars.[23][19]

Kimber Myers, writing for the Los Angeles Times, delivered a positive review, saying: "Happy Death Day 2U can't quite replicate the feelings of joy and discovery of the original, but Landon deserves credit for varying the tune, while still playing the hits that will please the fans of its predecessor."[24] Meg Downey, critic for IGN, praised the film, grading it an 8.5/10, wrote: Happy Death Day 2U deserves a healthy amount of praise for pushing its pedal to the metal all the way through. The level of risk-taking is refreshing, even when it's not completely successful at every single turn."[25]

Future

Regarding the possibility of a third film, writer and director Christopher Landon has stated that he "definitely [has an idea for] the third movie in [his] head", while producing studio head Jason Blum has said that if "enough people see this movie, we're gonna make a third movie, we want to make a third movie".[26][27]

See also

References

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