For somewhat masochistic viewers and lovers of claustrophobic suspense.
Address: Julius Berg Stars: Maisie Williams, Rita Tushingham, Sylvester McCoy, JakeCurran, Ian Kenny, Andrew Ellis T Original TITLE: The Owners Country: United Kingdom Year: 2020 Release Date: 05/03/2021 Genre: Horror Screenplay: Julius Berg, Matthieu Gompel, Geoff Cox Photography: David Ungaro Synopsis: A group of friends from a small town decides to break into the house of an elderly couple, taking advantage of their absence. After a few hours, they find themselves trapped in the basement and discover that what seemed like a simple robbery turns out to be the worst nightmare of their lives.
The best: The construction of space as a yoke.
The worst: More than anguish, it unhinges.
Apriori, The Owners makes a disturbing plot: sausages break into the home of adorable old men. Julius Berg produces an amalgam of genres and well-executed tones, but while the influence is appreciated, he does not play in the league of Ti West or Adam Wingard. The main drawback is that a promised transgression is being expected all the time. Berg is not (entirely) to blame: for those of us who grew up with home invasions a la Funny Games (M. Haneke, 1997) or Panic Room (D. Fincher, 2002), the reformulation of the genre seems almost impossible. The only thing that the director has in his hand is anguish and this resource rapidly declines.It prioritizes the game of spaces, the narrative solidity and the background of the characters , but a point of humor and bad temper is missing.
Still, Berg inserts the narrative pirouette at the precise moment and creates a continually rarefied atmosphere. It is remarkable for being a first film, but without reaching the level of other similar and impeccable titles such as, for example, You’re Next (2011) or Don’t breathe (2016).
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