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Cast: Crystal Reed, Lucas Till, Sarah Bolger

Director: Malik Bader

Genre: Thriller

Rating: PG-13

High school heartthrob Scott has it all; good looks, popularity. and a secret admirer. But what starts out as a seemingly innocent crush soon turns deadly. Who's responsible? Scott's long time friend Jules, frustrated with their platonic relationship? Bess, a shy classmate, increasingly jealous of his friendship with Jules? Or Jeffrey, a bright outcast whose crush on Bess has lead him to become increasingly obsessive? One thing's certain, time's running out and Scott must uncover the psychotic stalker before it's too late.

First off I would like to know who chose the cover-art for this film, they should be fired. That is all I am going to say about the that matter. The story centers on Scott, a high school student who is a good athlete, is good looking and popular with the ladies. He also has an admirer who is a bit creepy to say the least. It seems the new girl in town, Bess has an unhealthy fixation on Scott. When Scott ignores Bess things begin to happen.

Not only has this type of film been done before but it has been done with the same title like the 2009 film. There isn't much new here to be honest but the story is executed well. It starts off slow and steady as the story and suspense builds and then late in the film you are hit with a twist that changes everything including what you thought was happening. The film does a good job at masking it's secret and it also creates some great tension especially during it's climax.

The film's three main leads, Crystal Reed, Lucas Till and Sarah Bolger give realistic and believable performances as does the entire supporting cast. Production wise the film looks great and the score really helps in creating the right atmosphere

As the credits began to roll I was left thinking that "Crush" could of been a better film if it had an R rating instead of it's PG-13 rating. A thriller such as this deserves at least that. So the bottom line here is that "Crush" is a pretty competent thriller that rises above the norm with a clever story and wonderful cast. It's not perfect but it is quite entertaining so if you like this sort of thriller then I recommend picking it out.

Released by Millennium Entertainment

*** 3/4 Out Of *****