The Riot Club


Review: Two first-year students at Oxford University join a secret society called the Riot Club. They get to learn that their reputations can be made or destroyed over the course of one single evening.
Director: Lone Scherfig
Actors: Sam Claflin, Max Irons, Douglas Booth, Harry Lloyd, Amber Anderson, Andrew Woodall, Anastasia Hille, Vincent Franklin, Holliday Grainger, Sam Reid, Jack Farthing, Mary Roscoe, Joey Batey, Freddie Fox, Miles Jupp, Josh O’Connor, Olly Alexander, Matthew Beard, Ben Schnetzer, Tony Way, Samuel West, Amanda Fairback-Hynes, Tom Hollander and Jessica Brown Findlay
Year: 2015
Genre: Drama and Thriller
Conclusion: 3/5
This is a film adaptation of Laura Wade’s 2010 play ‘Posh’. Apparently in the stage play members of the public were walking out of the theatre because the guys were all so nasty and unlikable. I thought the characters in the film were bad enough but in fact the guys could have been made even more hateful by the director. Fantastic ensemble cast. Robert Pattinson, Sam Claflin, Douglas Booth and also Max Irons were all considered for the lead roles. It was just Robert Pattinson who ended up not being cast. It wouldn’t surprise me if some of the actors themselves had been to Oxford University. This is the first film debut of Jack Farthing, who then after this went on to be one of the lead characters in Poldark (2015-2019). The one actor I enjoyed seeing the most was Tom Hollander. He only really had a little cameo but thought his performance was brilliant. Three members of Parliament, David Cameron, George Osborne and Boris Johnson have been members of an Oxford club which could be said to share some similarities with The Riot Club. Very good female roles for Holliday Grainger and Jessica Brown Findlay. Freddie Fox seems to be an expert in portraying this sort of character. 


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