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As a fan of horror games and the Five Nights at Freddy’s franchise, I highly anticipated the film adaptation and saw it in theatres in 2023.  After watching it in theatres I found the movie somewhat disappointing, as I didn’t like the plot, atmosphere, or characters for the most part.  After rewatching the film, I still hold all of these opinions.  As for the plot, there is not much to say.  The main protagonist, Mike, takes a job offering as a nighttime security guard for an abandoned pizza place where he encounters deadly possessed animatronics.  Mike tries to learn more about the dark history of “Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza” to see if it is connected to the disappearance/murder of his younger brother.  While all of this is going on, Mike is trying to protect his younger sister whose aunt is trying to get custody over.  I find this plot to be messy and significantly worse than what it could have been if it used more elements from the games.  The characters lack much depth and feel very one-dimensional.  Probably the most noticeable flaw of this movie is the atmosphere.  In the games, tension and dread is built up for the player as the animatronics get closer to the office.  In the movie, the animatronics team up with the humans to make a pillow fort.  In conclusion, I give this movie a 1.5/5.  While it's cool that we finally got a Five Nights at Freddy’s movie, Five Nights at Freddy’s fails at being a good film, and fails at living up to the games.  Before you decide whether or not you will watch this movie, remember: it’s just a theory.


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