2018 (UK), Drama/Crime, 1h 48m
Starring: Taron Egerton, Ansel Elgort, Kevin Spacey, Emma Roberts, Judd Nelson & Jeremy Irvine
Young. Handsome. And cunning. Based on the incredible true story of a group of wealthy boys from LA in the 80’s, who established a get-rich-quick scam that turns deadly.
Why a director would try so hard to clean up the image of an inhuman convicted pervert is beyond me! But this movie would fail even if it wasn’t for Spacey.
It’s a derivative bore, all the characters are hatable douchbag ‘bros’, and the movie as a whole seems more concerned with shallow period details than any moral complexity.
With the exception of him, the cast is great, only for them to be wasted – Emma Roberts for example is the only female character to have more than one line of dialogue, and even she has only around 5 minutes of screen time.
It feels as though it’s trying to channel Goodfellas and The Wolf of Wall Street, minus the part where those films were actually entertaining and fun!
This movie should be avoided, mainly not to tarnish the upcoming careers of Egerton, Roberts and Elgort.