Film: The Riot Club

Opened: September 19, 2014

Directed by: Lone Scherfig

Starring: Sam Claflin, Max Irons, Douglas Booth, Jessica Brown Findlay, Holliday Grainger, Freddie Fox, Ben Schnetzer, Natalie Dormer, Gordon Brown, Sam Reid, Matthew Beard, Tom Hollander, Jack Farthing, Olly Alexander, Josh O’Connor, Samuel West, Andrew Woodall, Anastasia Hille, Julian Wadham, Geraldine Somerville & Harry Lloyd

With some good social commentary on the privileged and what they believe they deserve, The Riot Club presents how repulsive the powerful can be.

Milo Richards (Max Irons) and Alistair Ryle (Sam Claflin) begin their first year at Oxford University and quickly get invited to join the exclusive Riot Club, where the members go on to be some of the most powerful men in the UK. At their annual dinner, things get out of hand and the difference in Milo and Alistair’s morals are revealed.

Full of the best young British actors, the performances are solid – especially Claflin and Holliday Grainger – and will leave you disgusted. The club is atrocious and the acts they carry out will make your skin crawl. But as hard as it is to watch, it’s harder to look away.

Final say: Discomfortingly honest. ★★★★☆

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