Director: Vaughn Stein
Fresh from watching the terrible Force of Nature I couldn’t have managed a better double-feature of car-crash bad-scripting if I’d googled it…Inheritance is a fucking stupid mess also. But that seems a lot sadder given a strong cast and the potential (if you watch the trailer) for something to be pulled out of the bag, some magic trick, some way of transcending the absurdity. But no. That is the only suspension of disbelief here, you really want this movie to work because Simon Pegg is so often so great and here he is playing a monster-prisoner with an American accent. But there’s not even any scenery to chew. This whole thing is fucking dank.
Lily Collins is good too – usually. She’s proved herself already, but she can’t climb this mountain. For a start, a poor casting decision here has us having to believe she’s a big city DA when she looks like she’s ready for first day of law school.
It’s clear, very quickly, that is this film’s smallest problem.
The plot – a masterclass in convolution – has it that Collins’ well to do family inherits millions but almost all of it goes to the widow (her mother) and her brother (a politician). She is left with one measly million (the heart bleeds…) and also the key to an underground bunker.
There we learn, very quickly, that bad dad (Patrick Warburton in a video message left for his grieving family members) has been keeping Pegg’s character a prisoner. In a bunker. On an island. In a house. For 30 years. No one thought to check. No noises ever alerted anyone. And the busy multi-millionaire corrupt businessman organised not only food and water but shared lengthy stories about his entire past and family secrets; unburdening himself to a person he had shackled.
From there, and it’s remarkable that you’re still reading, much less contemplating maybe watching this, a cat and mouse game wants to start. But can’t. Because the script is painful and stupid and because the director takes years to move the action anywhere.
Given a strong supporting cast and the millions thrown at this – and now it stagnates in the basement of DVD releases and VOD services (because it was going to be pushed as a box office delight in a pre-pandemic world, apparently) this almost falls into the so bad it’s good category. Almost.
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