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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$25.5 million[1][2]

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.[3] 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 comedic tone, although some noted it as derivative of the first film.[4]

Plot

Carter's roommate Ryan wakes up in his car on Tuesday September 19. Returning to his dorm room, Ryan finds Carter with Tree after she successfully broke her time loop. In the school's quantum mechanics lab, Ryan continues work with fellow science students Samar and Dre on their experimental quantum reactor. After Dean Bronson bursts in and shuts down the project, Ryan is lured to an empty lab and killed by a hooded murderer masked as Babyface. Ryan then wakes up in his car and realizes that he is reliving Tuesday the 19th. Ryan tells Carter and Tree about his murder and subsequent déjà vu. Tree recaps her time loop experience while theorizing that she somehow passed the loop to Ryan.

After discovering no one hiding in the lab, Ryan, Carter and Tree discuss the reactor with Samar and Dre. Tree explains to Ryan that he must close the time loop. To hide from the new killer in a public space, everyone attends a Bayfield University basketball game. When a fire drill forces the arena to evacuate, the Babyface killer appears and pursues Ryan, but Tree rescues him and unmasks the killer to reveal a second Ryan.

The second Ryan frantically warns that Ryan Prime must die because he will only make the time loop worse. Ryan Prime hurriedly activates the quantum device in order to kill his doppelgänger. Bronson barges into the lab to forcibly shut down the project. The reactor emits a powerful pulse that knocks everyone to the floor.

Tree wakes up in Carter's room on Monday the 18th. When Ryan enters, Tree insists he needs to activate his reactor and send her back to the 19th. Tree, Ryan and Carter walk across campus and experience Tree's time loop anew. Upon reaching her sorority house, Tree realizes that things are slightly different. Ryan briefly explains the multiverse theory while proposing that Tree may be in a different dimension. In this timeline, Tree's roommate Lori is not trying to kill her and Carter is dating sorority sister Danielle. When she attends her birthday lunch with her father David, Tree also delightedly discovers that her mother is still alive in this reality. Because her mother is alive, Tree returns to the science lab to say she does not want the reactor reactivated. Tree also spots Doctor Butler arguing with his wife Stephanie.

Later that night, Tree sees a news report about serial killer John Tombs being held at the university hospital. Tree rushes to the hospital to warn everyone about Tombs, but is restrained by the police officer stationed outside Tombs' room, who is quickly dispatched by the Babyface killer. Tree runs and is rescued by Lori. When Tree explains what is happening, Lori says that Babyface cannot be Tombs because she just took him to the OR. The two women hide but Babyface appears and kills Lori, then chases Tree to the roof where she accidentally falls to her death.

Tree wakes at the beginning of her loop. After explaining the situation, the science students confirm that they can get the reactor running to send Tree back to her timeline. However, it will require a trial and error process where Tree has to memorize failed algorithms each time she relives the day. Carter proposes repeatedly committing suicide to avoid confronting Babyface.

Tree begins a cycle of helping the team solve equations while dying in various ways. Tree continues to be turned off by Carter and Danielle's romance while also noticing Dr. Butler arguing with Lori. Tree wakes on the 18th after jumping from a clock tower, then passes out from the mounting pain of repeatedly dying.

Waking in the hospital, Tree gets the police officer's gun to go after the killer herself and save Lori, only to find Lori already dead. Babyface attacks and Tree shoots him and unmasks him as Tombs. However, a second Babyface attacks. Tree kills herself to restart her loop.

In the next loop, the science students conclude there's only one algorithm remaining. However, a technical issue forces a delay of several hours. Faced with a choice of where she wants to be when both time loops close, Tree decides to remain in the current dimension. Tree tells Carter that they are in a relationship in the other timeline, but she chooses to remain with her mother instead. Carter challenges 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.

Concerned about the killer while waiting for the reactor to come online, Tree convinces her parents to go to a motel with her. While at the motel, Tree's mother mentions an endearing memory that Tree does not share. Tree has an intimate conversation with her mother about having to choose between two loves. The TV news reports that Lori, Carter and the police officer were killed at the hospital. Unable to contact Ryan by phone to shut down the reactor before the loops end, Tree kills herself.

In the next loop, Tree decides to return to her proper reality. While Ryan readies the reactor, Tree advises Lori to end her affair with Dr. Butler, discovers that Danielle is cheating on Carter, and then 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, a second Babyface confronts the two roommates. Tree prompts Babyface to reveal himself by outing him as Butler. Tree explains to Lori that Butler wants her dead to bury the evidence of their affair. Butler's wife appears and reveals that she is in league with her husband when she suddenly shoots Lori. Doctor Butler then double-crosses his wife by killing her in cold blood. Carter arrives to distract Butler before he can shoot Tree.

Butler chases Tree to an exam room where Tree manages to kill him. Lori survives her gunshot wound and Tree tells her she wishes things could have been different between them in Tree's reality. Tree and Carter return to the lab as Ryan starts the reactor. Samar and Dre fight off Bronson and two security guards trying to disable the device. Tree and Carter kiss as the reactor activates and sends Tree back to her Tuesday the 19th.

Tree, Carter, Ryan, Samar and Dre pick up garbage across campus as punishment for the reactor explosion. Dr. Issac Peters arrives to escort the five students to a DARPA laboratory. Peters shows them that DARPA has the reactor and he wants their help operating it. Tree volunteers Danielle as a test subject.

Cast

Production

Development

Director Christopher Landon has talked about the possibility of a sequel, focusing on why Tree went into a time loop.[11] 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."[12]

Pre-production

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.[13] The next day, it was announced that Ruby Modine would reprise her role.[14]

Filming

Principal photography on the film began on May 14, 2018, in New Orleans, Louisiana.[15]

Post-production

In November 2018, Ben Baudhuin was confirmed to be the editor.[16]

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.[17] 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.[18]

Reception

Box office

As of February 17, 2019, Happy Death Day 2U has grossed $13.5 million in the United States and Canada, and $11.8 million in other territories, for a worldwide total of $25.3 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.[19] 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.[20] It went on to debut to $9.8 million (a five-day total of $13.5 million), finishing below expectations and fifth at the box office.[21]

Critical response

On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 66% based on 134 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."[22] On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 56 out of 100, based on 29 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[23] Audiences polled by PostTrak gave the film an average 2.5 out of 5 stars.[20]

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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