In Us and Them, three common Brits torture a group of one-percenters to get some unshakable class retribution and perhaps, a touch of pocket change. It’s a nice idea for any kind of film – a thrill ride, a blood and gore movie, a satire – yet the issue here is that essayist chief Joe Martin never fully chooses which one he needs to make.
The outcome is part Tarantino and Guy Richie, part Michael Haneke and A Clockwork Orange, with a touch of Alan Clarke threw in with the general mish-mash. That makes for a great deal to deal with in a short running time (the film times in at 83 minutes), and the end result eventually feels harmless. With a debut in SXSW’s Narrative Spotlight area, the film could utilize its class components — also star Jack Roth (child of Tim) — to discover footing on VOD outlets.Jumping around in time à la Reservoir Dogs, with a funk-hefty soundtrack and loads of shameless intertitles to indicate each arrangement, Us and Them can frequently feel like it was produced by a film calculation at some point in the last part of the 1990s, regardless of whether its helpless versus super rich situation is intended to summon the social burdens of present-day England.
Roth plays Danny, a blazing 20-something who brings forth an arrangement with bar amigos Tommy (Andrew Tiernan) and Sean (Daniel Kendrick) to attack the home of the opulent Phillipa (Sophie Colquhoun), whom he sees as an encapsulation of the class-based improvement that is destroying the two his area and his country. His thought is to break inside the house, alarm the living crap out of her family, record everything on record and afterward discharge his pronouncement to the general population, with expectations of beginning a type of upheaval.
Things obviously don’t work out as expected, with the film blazing to and fro to uncover the various manners by which Danny’s plan will blow up — regardless of whether it’s his companions’ voracious expectations, a weapon that is not a genuine firearm or the numerous verbal altercations he has with Philippa’s financier father, Conrad (Tim Bentinck). Obviously out of luck from the beginning and uncertain of the appropriate strategy, Danny is pushed into a tight spot to say the least, with the subsequent disorder turning progressively brutal and humorless.As much as the monetary gap stays a major issue in the U.K. (Brexit, anybody?), the subject is handled in some somewhat odd manners in Us and Them, which delivers its band of regular people so blockhead and unlikable on occasion, you really end up pulling for the rich folks. Regardless of whether the film can be viewed as unadulterated parody, transforming class disdain into a debilitated trick that closes severely for everybody included appears to be an effortless interpretation of a profoundly unpredictable issue, particularly when none of the characters seem to be even somewhat redeemable.