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Friday, September 4, 2020


A group of friends think they find an easy score at an empty house with a safe full of cash. But when the owners, an elderly couple, come home early, the tables are suddenly turned.

Starring: Maisie Williams, Sylvester McCoy, and Rita Tushingham

Directed by: Julius Berg

Written by: Julius Berg, and Mathieu Gompel

  As “The Owners” concludes, it brings to mind similarities to a particular underrated Wes Craven film. In this story, Nathan (Ian Kenny) and Gaz (Jake Curran) are looking for a quick buck, and believe they’ve found the perfect place to score some money. They drag along Terry (Andrew Ellis) because he knows the house they end up breaking into. And then there’s Mary (Maisie Williams), who also gets involved in the situation because Nathan is supposed to drive her to work. 
  Once inside the house they break a few things, have a little fun, and head to where a safe full of money is. They try to crack the safe, but just can’t do it. Soon enough the owners come home, and the group of misfits holds them hostage demanding the code for the safe. Dr. Huggins (Sylvester McCoy) and his wife Ellen (Rita Tushingham) refuse to give them the code no matter what. Frustration and tempers rise, and things spin out of control quickly. A surprising turn of events leave the elderly couple freed, but things aren’t over yet.
  Without a doubt, Sylvester and Rita are the stars of this show as the older couple. Mr. Huggins seems like such a nice old man, but the audience will know better. Even when things get crazy for some reason the audience and maybe even the characters will feel sorry for him…to a point. Then there’s Ellen, who is just nuts. It’s not clear if it’s just age, or something else but she’s the definition of a mean old lady. The two love each other, and are very good at keeping secrets no matter what.
  Besides the couple, lots of people won’t miss Maisie continuing to break out from her ‘Game of Thrones’ role. Eventually the audience will realize Maisie was a good choice to go head-to-head with the couple. At first Mary is just a bystander looking for a ride before she ends up knee deep in the unfortunate situation. Mary is hesitate to fight with the old couple, but eventually has no choice.  It turns out to be a good mix of action and humor between Mary and the couple. There’s also a creepy moment or two, along with some twists and turns. 
  “The Owners” turns out to have some similarities with “The People Under the Stairs.” There’s a group of people breaking into a home, and can’t get out. Unknown to them, the owners of the house are crazy, and have some secrets. Probably the biggest difference here is that “The People Under the Stairs” lets the audience in on the fact that there are people hidden in the house, and the big secret of this movie is held until the very end. The ending is also a bit shocking because it probably doesn’t turn out the way it seems to be going. Because of this unexpected ending, and some great performances, I give the film 3 pools of blood!


"The Owners" now out in Theaters, On Demand, and Digital Sept 4

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