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The Owners Movie Review

The Owners

Director: Julius Berg

Starring: Maisie Williams, Sylvester McCoy and Rita Tushingham

Signature Entertainment presents The Owners on Digital 22nd February and DVD 1st March


Home Invasion Movies

The number of home invasion movies continues to grow each year, there are twists on the formula, some that follow the path and some that end up as a muddle. The Owners, whilst bringing its own twist to this popular subgenre, is not without its own faults.

First off, The Owners his the horror/ thriller sweet spot at just over 90 minutes. As far as I am concerned 90 minutes is a perfect length for a movie of this kind, the tight time frame allows for, in my opinion, a more concise and tense ride. That being said, did The Owners deliver that? Not really.

What is it all about?

The Owners sees a group of very misguided young people, here in the UK we’d just call them Chavs, break into the house of a well to do elderly Doctor and his wife. They have plans to break into the safe they keep in the property and rob them for whatever the hide in there. It should be a quick in and out, but these guys are the farthest things from professionals and their plans don’t exactly go to plan. 

Something I had not really expected with The Owners is just how bizarre it is, it is certainly not for the squeamish. There are seemingly several plots all running on top of one another. Some of which are executed well and others are a little more confusing and left a bit wanting. 

The subverted home invasion horror films such as Don’t Breathe or The Intruders (you can check out MEGA list of home invasion horrors here) work well, in part because there is some sense of justice against those who are out to rob/ cause harm, which can change into concern for those who were initially the bad’uns. The Owners is no different in that respect, except… at no point did I find myself compelled to care about the characters. Other than feeling sorry for Maisie Williams’ character who gets the shit end of the deal from the start, the other characters are immensely unlikeable. 

Scene-Stealers 

Rita Tushingham is perfectly cast to play the confused, sometimes almost demonic appearing former nurse. Some of her lines are spat with such vitriol, which serves to wrack up up the tension a much need notch. There is an unpredictability to her somewhat reminiscent of Deanna Dunagan in The Visit

Sylvester McCoy, you may recognise as a former Dr Who, plays the seemingly mild-mannered bowtie clad Dr Higgenson. At first glance, his character would be better at home in Doc Martin than a horror. However, he does brilliantly demonstrate how looks can be deceiving, McCoy was certainly pushing this character to the max. 

Final Thoughts

Whilst there are so many twists and turns in the film and some that don’t pay off I was absolutely dying to know just what was in that safe. With the amount of bait and switch in the film, I knew it was not just going to be mountains of cash and treasures. Whilst, on the one hand, I was right, after the final reveal I was just left more confused. Though the very final scene is somewhat satisfying in its suburban macarbe-ness. 

The result of this gory, somewhat comedic horror is a bit of a jumble. However, if you are after some escapism and a film that doesn’t take it’s self seriously, it is worth a watch! 

Signature Entertainment presents The Owners on Digital 22nd February and DVD 1st March


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