Film Review: The Owners (2020)

  • Director: Julius Berg
  • Writer: Mathieu Gompel, Julius Berg, Geoff Cox
  • Stars: Maisie Williams, Sylvester McCoy, Rita Tushingham, Andrew Ellis, Jake Curran, Ian Kenny

Review

Three friends are staking out a stately manor with a view to robbing it. On the advice of Terry (Ellis), their plan is to crack a safe whilst the owners are out, grab the loot and never look back. The other two would-be thieves Gaz (Curran) and Nathan (Kenny) are more up for this than Terry, who honestly seems like the guy who just goes along with things because he has nothing else to do. Gaz is unhinged and Nathan just wants the money. Like all degenerate lowlifes they haven’t thought anything through and Nathan’s girlfriend Mary (Williams) needs to get to work and Nathan has the car. So when Mary shows up and busts the guys, she gets inadvertently involved in their robbery. With the safe unable to be cracked, the gang wait for the owners to come home…

Once the owners Dr and Mrs Huggins (McCoy & Tushingham) come home, that stakes are raised. However, there is something off about the couple. They don’t necessarily seem to be frightened, Mrs Huggins seems loopy and Dr McCoy seems like he is playing games with gang. As the good doctor plays with the group, secrets are coaxed out of them creating a bunch of people with the one goal but without trust.

Berg directs this well, getting some really great looking shots throughout. Using a whole bunch of different tricks and visuals to keep things interesting inside the manor including a shocking moment of violence and aftermath to perfect effect. Garnering some good tension through some well paced, well written scenes (the story itself being based upon the graphic novel Une Nuit de Pleine lune) with believable dialogue even if some the decisions made are not.

Williams is very watchable (as always) and she bounces off every one really well, especially McCoy who is also excellent. The whole cast has a good time with their roles even if some characters aren’t developed beyond a main trait.

The Owners is an entertaining and very fun watch with friends. It won’t really give you any surprises but sometimes it’s not about the destination but about the journey.

The Owners is available now in Cinemas, On Demand & Digital

Ryan Morrissey-Smith | Twitter: @TigersMS78

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