Thoroughbreds - Review

Thoroughbreds is in select theaters March 9th, 2018.

THOROUGHBREDS is a dark, hilarious thriller that revels in a long-lasting tension that winds and winds, just waiting to snap. Amanda (an excellent Olivia Cooke) is a sociopath — she has no feelings, she explains, that's just the way she’s programmed. She’s become a master imitator: perfecting the “technique” of fake crying and smiling. Cooke pulls off this robotic behavior with a remarkably funny deadpan delivery. Lily (Anya Taylor-Joy) is the complete opposite, a prim and proper rich girl. However, she's unhappy with her life, as her cruel stepdad mentally abuses her regularly. Through chance and extortion, mostly the latter, the two girls meet. Their relationship grows from awkward hugs to fake crying lessons, and ultimately Amanda suggests that Lily kill her stepdad.

This black comedy also stars the late and brilliant Anton Yelchin as a drug dealer who gets sucked into the girls' sinister plan. The chemistry of the two leads carries the film and gives this already cool film an exciting dynamic. THOROUGHBREDS may struggle to find a consistent audience at the box office due to its niche premise, but first-time director Cory Finley might have a cult classic in his hands.

Rating: 3 out of 5

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