HOME |  CULT MOVIES | COMPETITIONS | ADVERTISE |  CONTACT US |  ABOUT US
 
 
 
Newest Reviews
Raya and the Last Dragon
Letter from Paris
Behind the Mask
Lucky
Matrix, The
Undergods
Betrayed
Fried Barry
Once Upon a River
Cowboys
Atlantis
We Still Say Grace
Enfant Terrible
Nomadland
Playboy of the Western World, The
Bike Thief, The
Threshold
Virtuoso, The
Here are the Young Men
Beast Beast
Labyrinth of Cinema
Justice Society: World War II
Artist's Wife, The
Truman & Tennessee: An Intimate Conversation
Pusher III
Palm Springs
Devil Commands, The
Oak Room, The
Pusher II
Forget Everything and Run
Secrets & Lies
Red Moon Tide
Man with Nine Lives, The
Pusher
Pot Carriers, The
Black Bear
Don't Cry, Pretty Girls!
Portal
Me You Madness
Reckoning, The
   
 
Newest Articles
Let Us Play: Play for Today Volume 2 on Blu-ray
Before The Matrix, There was Johnny Mnemonic: on Digital
More Than Mad Science: Karloff at Columbia on Blu-ray
Indian Summer: The Darjeeling Limited on Blu-ray
3 from 1950s Hollyweird: Dr. T, Mankind and Plan 9
Meiko Kaji's Girl Gangs: Stray Cat Rock on Arrow
Having a Wild Weekend: Catch Us If You Can on Blu-ray
The Drifters: Star Lucie Bourdeu Interview
Meiko Kaji Behind Bars: Female Prisoner Scorpion on Arrow
The Horror of the Soviets: Viy on Blu-ray
Network Double Bills: Tarka the Otter and The Belstone Fox
Network Double Bills: All Night Long and Ballad in Blue
Chew Him Up and Spit Him Out: Romeo is Bleeding on Blu-ray
British Body Snatchers: They Came from Beyond Space on Blu-ray
Bzzzt: Pulse on Blu-ray
The Tombs Will Be Their Cities: Demons and Demons 2 on Arrow
Somebody Killed Her Husband: Charade on Blu-ray
Network Double Bills: Maroc 7 and Invasion
Network Double Bills: The Best of Benny Hill and The Likely Lads
Network Double Bills: Some Girls Do and Deadlier Than the Male
Absolutely Bananas: Link on Blu-ray
Network Double Bills: Hawk the Slayer and The Medusa Touch
The Price of Plague: The Masque of the Red Death on Blu-ray
Network Double Bills: Seance on a Wet Afternoon and Ring of Spies
Chaney Chillers: Inner Sanctum Mysteries - The Complete Film Series on Blu-ray
   
 
  Thoroughbreds That Impressionable Age
Year: 2017
Director: Cory Finley
Stars: Olivia Cooke, Anya Taylor-Joy, Anton Yelchin, Paul Sparks, Francie Swift, Kaili Vernoff, Svetlana Orlova, Alyssa Fishenden, Jackson Damon, Nick Haddad, Nolan Ball, Celeste Oliva
Genre: Drama, ThrillerBuy from Amazon
Rating:  7 (from 1 vote)
Review: Amanda (Olivia Cooke) has... emotional issues. In that she doesn't have any emotions. With a troubling incident connected with horses in her recent past (she does have a fixation on horses, for better or worse) that has resulted in her struggling at school, she is ordered by her mother to go along to the Connecticut mansion house of Lily (Anya Taylor-Joy), who used to be a friend when they were very young, but they grew apart. Lily is trying to be nice to Amanda and help her with her studies, but Amanda makes it clear she knows why she has been accepted into her old acquaintance's home: Lily was paid by her mother. This creates an understandable chill between them, but Lily has her problems too...

You can tell Thoroughbreds began life as a stage play, as it has the leaning towards a chamber piece that really could have taken place in the same location, the mansion or even a room contained within, despite how its writer and director Cory Finley opened it out to an extent to take in the surroundings of the two girls' relationship. At first we think Amanda is going to lead the ostensibly pure of heart Lily astray, but as the story progressed it was plain to see there was more to it than that, and they were having a bad influence over one another in turn as Lily struggles with the stepfather she initially cannot admit she hates, but later owns up to precisely those feelings.

The shadow of Peter Jackson's cult classic Heavenly Creatures was cast over Finley's screenplay, another tale of two young souls whose union brings them to an act of horrendous violence, but that was a true story, and Finley here did not have to stick to any facts and could toy with the characters - and the audience - as he saw fit. If anything, the New Zealand film had at least the saving grace of us being well aware the friendship, the love even, at the centre of the drama was sincere, but with this you were constantly unsure of who was doing their best to manipulate the other, and whether either genuinely had a grasp of what they were proposing, with all the accompanying implications.

Cooke and Taylor-Joy were very well photographed by Lyle Vincent, so that we would be distracted by their surface beauty before realising their hearts were dark as pitch, and that contrast between outward attractiveness and inner corruption went a long way to keeping us watching, even if it also left the concluding scenes more predictable than you imagine was the intention. Even so, the ultimate betrayal which neither regard in those terms made for an uneasy sense of injustice, as if both believed the other deserved what came to them, while not able to conceive of how they had got one of the most supposedly simple connections in life, the friendship of someone your own age, with your own interests, from the same area, so disastrously wrong in a manner inevitable but no less unfair.

Yet of course, friendship at any age can be fraught with difficulty, and the fragility of such an arrangement is not often acknowledged in the movies where "friends to the end" plots prevail to reassure the audience who don't wish to know that this person they have allowed into their lives, have shared so much with and have you convinced your bond is true, could turn against you so dramatically. There are plenty of reasons such things can go wrong, from personality flaws to circumstances changing to goodwill souring to resentment when expectations are let down or simply because a scapegoat is needed and one friend is at hand to fulfil that role, however reluctantly, but Finley knew to see this played out between two young girls so full of promise had a worrying power all its own. Needless to say, that worked against any humour here, but if you wanted to see two keen young talents get their teeth into a couple of strong roles, then as grim drama it hit its target. Anton Yelchin, in one of his final films, matched them, going from sleazy to unexpectedly sympathetic in a way denied the leads, purposefully. Music by Erik Friedlander.
Reviewer: Graeme Clark

 

This review has been viewed 837 time(s).

As a member you could Rate this film

 
Review Comments (0)


Untitled 1

Login
  Username:
 
  Password:
 
   
 
Forgotten your details? Enter email address in Username box and click Reminder. Your details will be emailed to you.
   

Latest Poll
Which star probably has psychic powers?
Laurence Fishburne
Nicolas Cage
Anya Taylor-Joy
Patrick Stewart
Sissy Spacek
Michelle Yeoh
Aubrey Plaza
Tom Cruise
Beatrice Dalle
Michael Ironside
   
 
   

Recent Visitors
Graeme Clark
  Desbris M
Andrew Pragasam
Darren Jones
Enoch Sneed
  Paul Tuersley
  Chris Garbutt
  Sdfadf Rtfgsdf
   

 

Last Updated: