The Owners, is a 2020 United States Horror film directed by Julius Berg, and written by Mathieu Gompel and Julius Berg. This film features the following stars: Maisie Williams, Sylvester McCoy, Rita Tushingham.
A group of friends think they find an easy score at an empty house with a safe full of cash. But when the owners, an elderly couple, come home early, the tables are suddenly turned.
The Owners follows a group of friends in the 1990s who think they found the perfect easy score: an empty house with a safe full of cash.
But when the elderly couple that lives there comes home early, the tables are suddenly turned.
As a deadly game of cat and mouse ensues, the would-be thieves are left to fight to save themselves from a nightmare they could never have imagined.
What I didn’t enjoy about The Owners is how big of a letdown it is after the film embraces its latter half twists.
The first half is heist+home invasion cliches galore – a bunch of thugs looking to make some quick money by robbing a rich house fail to realize that the resident couple has some secrets of their own to hide.
This plot-line has now nearly run its course and needs truckloads of inventiveness to be taken seriously. While there have been a few surprises in this sub-genre such as Don’t Breathe and Villains, I don’t think this film makes it to that list.
The screenplay meanders, the characters are all unlike-able (the film uses the pregnancy ploy to make audiences care for Mary, the character played by Maisie Williams, but it doesn’t work), and the overall slackening of pace do the film no favors.
There are zero scares and it’s some bloodshed alone that tags it under the horror category. Watch one of the films mentioned above (or M.N Shyamalan’s The Visit) instead.
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