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THOROUGHBREDS, the newest kid in drama-thriller land


If you're looking for some twisted thrills, Focus Feature has the trailer for you. The teaser for Thoroughbreds has been released and you can watch it below. The upcoming drama-thriller from writer/ director Cory Finley (Sauna) featuring one of the final performances by the late Anton Yelchin (Green Room, Star Trek).

Childhood friends Lily and Amanda reconnect in suburban Connecticut after years of growing apart. Lily has turned into a polished, upper-class teenager, with a fancy boarding school on her transcript and a coveted internship on her resume; Amanda has developed a sharp wit and her own particular attitude, but all in the process of becoming a social outcast. Though they initially seem completely at odds, the pair bond over Lily’s contempt for her oppressive stepfather, Mark, and as their friendship grows, they begin to bring out one another’s most destructive tendencies. Their ambitions lead them to hire a local hustler, Tim, and take matters into their own hands to set their lives straight. (via ComingSoon)

“The only thing worse than being incompotent, or being unkind, or being evil, is being indecisive."

Olivia Cooke (Me and Earl and The Dying Girl, Bates Motel) stars as Amanda and Anya Taylor-Joy (Split, The Witch) plays Lily in the film. They’re joined by the late Yelchin (Star Trek Into Darkness, Green Room) as Tim.

Producers are Alex Saks, Andrew Duncan, Kevin Walsh, Nat Faxon, Jim Rash, and Ryan Stowell.

Thoroughbreds will open in theaters on March 9, 2018. Watch the clip below.

"This tale-as-old-as-time is all about its top-billed leading ladies. Both actresses tear into the screenplay’s delicious dialogue and create a genuine chemistry even as we are never quite sure how much these young women like each other. They are openly hostile to each other in the initial reel, but even when passive aggressive chit-chat gives way to more honesty, there still exists the potential that this is a relationship of mutual convenience. Sparks also offers a subtle read on the would-be victim, offering a rich guy who isn’t a villain but is still a jerk.

The picture, unfortunately, deflates in the third act, as the genre tropes slightly disappoint, and the suspense dissipates. The film wants to be a film noir exercise more than a straight-up suspense thriller, and it never stops being a character study, so it works on those terms to the end. And even if the film peaks at around its half-way point, the two lead actresses keep our attention and our interest whether or not they have our sympathy. If you just came to watch Cooke and Taylor-Joy be awesome and have fun together, you’ll get your money’s worth.

Thoroughbreds is a solid and thoughtful genre exercise, with cinematographer Lyle Vincent doing his best to fill out a story that mostly takes place in a single large mansion and concerns but a handful of characters. But the dialogue is there, the actors are game and the movie delivers on its genre pleasures while existing as a somewhat routine crime dramedy. It’s a well-told version of an oft-told tale. If Thoroughbreds looks and sounds like your cup of tea, then I’m here to tell you that you’ll probably have a good time." (Forbes)


"“Thoroughbred” is a dark and pointed piece of work that depends on the delicacy with which someone can thread the needle between Hitchcockian suspense and capitalistic venom, and Finley — adapting his own play to the screen — demonstrates a cinematic authority that eludes many filmmakers who have worked in the medium for decades. The vast majority of Finley’s debut may be confined to Lily’s house, but if his snappy and contained script betrays the project’s theatrical origins, his direction doesn’t. Denzel Washington could learn something from how this rookie sees limited space with the clarity and nuance of a blueprint, using his richly expressive camera to carve the mansion’s interior into a Tetris game of tracking shots and dolly moves (a hat tip to “A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night” cinematographer Lyle Vincent for the assist). With every expertly tuned focus rack — and there are a lot of them — it feels as though Finley is squinting to see his characters a little bit better than he did before." (Indiewire)

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