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FILM REVIEW: The Riot Club (15)

| September 21, 2014

Released : 19th September 2014
Rated : 15
Running Time: 107 mins
BBFCinsight: Strong violence, very strong language, strong sex, sex references, drug use
Director: Lone Scherfig
Stars: Max Irons, Sam Claflin, Douglas Booth

The Riot Club is a film which portrays the fictitious antics of a group of young men studying at the top University in the world. There may be 20,000 students at the University but only the top ten are in The Riot Club. Tipped to be future leaders destined for power and influence, the members of the Club are wealthy, arrogant and care little for those lower down the social ladder.

We follow the club members as they wreak havoc everywhere they go and indulge in an orgy of arrogance against society and anyone who stands in their way. In one scene the keys to an Aston-Martin car are posted through the letterbox of a homeless charity shop as a donation after one drunken member of the Riot Club is ill inside it and because ‘the ash tray was full too’.

As everyone locally knows the club and its antics they find it hard getting a function room to hold their annual dinner until a landlord of a pub in conned into hiring his function room to them.

Raucous behaviour, noise complaints and the arrival of a prostitute for the enjoyment of the club members eventually lead to the other customers in the pub complaining and walking out. Foolishly the landlord takes compensation from the club members for his losses after which they view the landlord a member of the ‘poor’ in need of money. After sending the pub staff home the landlord is left alone in the premises with them. Fuelled by drink and drugs the club members trash the function room and beat the landlord to within an inch of his life.

In my opinion the film portrays perfectly the obnoxiousness of unfettered power, greed and lust for money. Excellent acting and directing allow the audience to feel the putridness of the members of the Riot Club and what happens when money and power ride over compassion and care for others.

This is a must see film, I thoroughly enjoyed every second of it.

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