The Owners premiered on 4th September 2020. Directed by Julius Berg, the film is based on a graphic novel named Une Nuit de Plene Lune by Hermann & Yves H. The screenplay of the film is written by Mathieu Gompel and Julius Berg in collaboration with Geoff Cox. The Owners stars Maisie Williams, Sylvester McCoy, Rita Tushingham, Jake Curran, Ian Kenny, and Andrew Ellis.
“A group of friends thinks they found the perfect easy score – an empty house with a safe full of cash. But when the elderly couple that lives there comes home early the tables are suddenly turned. As a deadly game of cat and mouse ensues the would-be thieves are left to fight to save themselves from a nightmare they could never have imagined.” – IGN
A Wealthy Home, An Old Couple, And Robbers!
The Owners belongs to the horror-thriller genre so the easiest way to bring about both the genres together is to take a mansion, a break-in, and a creepy old couple who are not so normal. The recurring concept of home invasion movies raises a question – why? The whole concept of someone breaking into your home and damaging the very idea of your safety is something so scary that it can never be anything but that – it hits too close to home.
No matter how common the formula is, the film commands your attention. There is a general air of mystery throughout the movie, and you won’t get to know the motives even halfway through.
The Owners opens with the concept of a safe with a safe, an old couple, and robbers. However, the contents of the safe are given away 5-10 minutes into the runtime, and then it is stretched for way too long. The old couple, Mr and Mrs Huggins’s (Sylvester McCoy and Rita Tushingham) need to punish and in-depth representation of their situation is also lost somewhere in the narrative!
The movie will remind you of the 2016 film Don’t Breathe but with a slightly different plot. The creepy old couple seems to be naive and nice until you see them calling the ambulance but the landline connection is broken. It gets twisted very fast!
Stream It or Skip It
In an overall view, The Owners is a bit stretched out, and somewhere lacks the horror factor. The veteran cast makes the film worth watching but everything is still haywire when brought together! The film isn’t exactly what I expected it to be. It needs a bit more horror and edge-of-the-seat thrill.
Maisie Williams as Kate plays an amazing role as a teen girl who is pregnant with her boyfriend’s child and is stuck in this hell hole because of him with no way out. Ian Kenny as Nathan is a character I wish would have stayed longer.
The Owners is available on Video On Demand.
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