Tuesday, January 31, 2017
Day 14: Ludo (2015) 1h 30m
I can't recall the last time I've had a fever dream. Thankfully, I rolled Ludo which might as well have been some sickness induced dream spiral that unleashes some strange darkness that dwells in the innermost working of the human soul! Either that, or a mess of crap which makes no sense.
I can only sum up Ludo as such: Oh, these young people are going out for a night on the town. When did they start playing this game. Wait, are those zombies, cannibals, vampires, or ghosts? What is going on? Why is there suddenly a sexual assault attempt? Who the fuck are these people?! Wait, this is based on some board game Jumanji shit? Ohhhhh, that's who those people are. Wait, who is this person that sucks on the flute? Is the last half of this film just trying to explain the first half? Is this over yet?
The real underlying plot is that there is a forbidden game known as Ludo (which is a real game based on Pachisi) Apparently an alchemist had it locked up in a safe where the key was a flute and his son and (maybe daughter) son's girlfriend unlock the safe and play the game. The alchemist finds them and curses them before killing himself and spraying them with his blood. The game then makes them hunger eternally but mainly for blood. These kids just get caught up in the bullshit.
Ludo did a poor job of story telling in an attempt to either seem artsy or just to add more mystery to the film. While it would have large sections of consecutive time, there would be these broken up sections shown in flashes or quick time jumps where you would have no idea what was really going on. I found it hard to follow and it made me loose interest. When I did get the explanation of the plot it was so lengthy, absurd, and full of these quick jumps that I just didn't care.
I give Ludo 0 Pachisi games out of 5: