Format: Streaming video from Amazon Prime on Fire!
There is a difference between something in a movie happening for character-based reasons and something happening for plot-based reasons. Character reasons are always superior because they make sense in the larger narrative. Too often, writers write themselves into a corner and, to get to their desired end, are forced to have their characters make stupid decisions to get us to a scene or an ending they want. The Pact has this problem. While the movie offers some genuinely good scares and jump moments in the first two acts, the third act is rife with plot-based decisions that drop the film down a few notches.
I’m likely to get into spoiler territory with The Pact, so I’ll make sure I keep those moments after the jump, and I’ll probably provide a warning. The issue, though, is that there are a lot of problems with The Pact that come up once you stop for a moment and think about the film in its entirety. In most cases, those problems come from a desire to tell a particular story and don’t make sense in terms of the characters we have.