Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Review - Cheap Thrills (2014)

Starring Pat Healy, Ethan Embry and Sarah Paxton.
Directed by E.L. Katz
Runtime: 1hr 25mins

Synopsis: Facing hardship and threatened with eviction, Craig encounters an old friend Vince at a local bar where they meet and partake in a few drinks with a strange rich couple and much much more.

I began Cheap Thrills expecting a low-key horror flick. It wasn't exactly so but I was left rather satisfied with this 90-minute thriller. The film is reassuring that originality isn't quite dead in the movie industry and that you don't need a lot of money or big name actors to make a good solid thriller.

We are made aware of the lead character Craig (Pat Healy) struggles from the get-go, and pairing him with his ruffian friend Vince (Ethan Embry) assured me that something crazy was about to go down. It was indeed crazy after the duo met with this extremely rich couple (played by Sarah Paxton and David Koechner) who have a knack for wild fun and giving away money kindly. At first, both Craig and Embry are hesitant to participate in the couple's twisted games but slowly but surely, they are roped in and it was a hell of a ride.

Cheap Thrills definitely lives up to its title. It's gross, funny, thrilling and insane all together. Amidst all, what is commendable is the underlying message the film portrays. Money and greed is the root of all evil and Cheap Thrills definitely shows you how far people will go for money, even at the cost of ones life. The performances are solid and it was interesting watching our main character go from a quiet family man to crazed desperate man. It was also quite unpredictable as the crazy stunts went along and delivers a satisfying end.

Rating: 8.5/10


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