Film Review | The Riot Club (15) ***

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Directed By: Lone Scherfig Starring: Sam Claflin, Max Irons, Douglas Booth, and Natalie Dormer

Based on Laura Wade's critically-acclaimed play "Posh", The Riot Club is a cocktail of absolute hilarity and pure shock, leaving me feeling shaken and not stirred by the end of it.

To be fair, I think a lot of my positive feelings for this film are because of the ensemble of beautiful young British actors that pull out some outstanding performances. Particularly Sam Claflin, who's previous/current roles are normally portraying the good guy, in this film we see a dark and kind of twisted side to his acting.

The film follows two first-year Oxford students, Miles (Max Irons) and Alistair (Claflin), who join the institution's "dining club" - a thinly disguised version of the infamous Bullingdon Club, which boasts David Cameron and Boris Johnson amongst it's alumni - and their grotesque antics at their annual welcome dinner. 

And yes, for quite a bit of this film the audience can pass off the boy's stunts as lads just having fun at university but suddenly the mood takes a dramatic u-turn and we can see how these posh idiots think they can buy their way out of anything. From this we can see that ours is still a far from classless society, and it is shown in the film how these kind of people still get a decent job just because of who they know.

However, I would warn anyone wanting to see this film that it does cover some very sensitive topics such as rape and assault.

My Verdict: It's good up to a point and then it just makes me feel sick that this is loosely based on true stories...

Leave a comment below if you have seen the film or want to suggest a film for me to go and see!
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