ABC Film Challenge – Thriller – E – The Entitled (2011) Movie Thoughts

Director: Aaron Woodley

Writer: William Morrissey (Screenplay)

Starring: Kevin Zegers, Victor Garber, Laura Vandervoort, Devon Bostick, Dustin Milligan, Tatiana Maslany, Ray Liotta

Plot: A young man, broke and jobless, abducts three rich college kids to try and get money from their fathers.

Runtime: 1 Hour 31 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: The Entitled starts as Paul Dynan (Zegers) finds himself struggling for money, seeing his mother dying and not being able to afford the medication she needs to treat her condition, he turns to his friends Dean (Bostick) and Jenna (Maslany) to come up with a plan, which will see him look to hold three rich college kids, Hailey (Vandervoort), Nick (Milligan) and Jeff (Breger).

The plan is to get their rich parents Bob (Garber), Clifford (McHattie) and Richard (Liotta) to pay off big to help fill in the problems Paul has been going through, only things don’t go to the plan they had in mind.

Thoughts on The Entitled

Thoughts – The Entitled gives us a thriller that will put the focus on the idea of the divide between the rich and poor, showing how the poor will be pushed to the extremes to get what they need to get through the everyday situations. The plan does seem very typical, where one person knows what they want, but the rest of the crew seem to let things spin out of control, but the infighting between he parents does become the most interesting part of the film. The performances from the three parental figures are the strongest, with the rest always feeling like loose cannons out of control, which is part of the idea of the film. The film does want to play into a twist, teasing all the way, without always giving us the shock value it wants to present to us.

Final Thoughts The Entitled is a thriller that feels by the book, that wants to shock with a twist, only to trip over the final outcome.

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