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Quite chilling....
MartinHafer29 October 2017
Jill (Anya Taylor-Joy) seems to have it all...a huge and ultra- expensive home, an expensive prep school education and more. Why, exactly, she's tutoring Amanda (Olivia Cooke) is uncertain...as it isn't like she needs the money. And, the pair seem incredibly mismatched. Jill looks like a cover model for Young Debutante Magazine while Amanda is clearly mentally ill...but not in a conventional sense. Instead she has a cluster of personality disorders...most likely an Antisocial Personality and a Schizoid Personality. This means that she doesn't particularly like people...nor does she hate them. She is disconnected and has learned to pretend she has normal emotions but down deep she simply doesn't care about others. But, oddly, the pair finally do begin bonding...and Jill would like her antisocial friend to give her advice on how to murder her step-father!

Apart from being Anton Yelchin's final film, it's well worth watching because it shows a very rare sort of person...but one who does exist out there and could potentially be a danger to others. Fascinating throughout with some standout performances...my only quibble, and it's a little one, is that the resolution at the end seemed a bit hard to believe...entertaining but hard to believe.
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Suspence in Chapters!
ccorral41912 January 2018
Oh, the tangled web one weaves. Director Cory Finley (primarily a writer) presents an engaging Chapter oriented thriller set in the upper class suburban neighborhood of Connecticut. Estranged grammar school friend Lily (Any Taylor-Joy ""Split" 2016) is hired to tutor troubled and discounted Amanda (Olivia Cooke "Me and Earl and Dying Girl" 2015). When Amanda opens Lily's eye's to her less than favorable family surroundings, specifically her overbearing father Mark (the amazing Paul Sparks from "Boardwalk Empire") and weak mother Francie Swift (Tv's "Outsiders"), the two take it upon themselves to remedy the situation. Enter Tim (Anton Yelchin "Star Trek"- in his final role before his recent death), a loser who regretfully becomes involved with the girls. The suspense in this film comes from the quiet writing and directing style Finley presents, along with a very effective eerie and calculating score by Erik Freidlander. While the film has a tendency to move slow at times, it only enhances the suspense. Taylor-Joy, with her perfect hair, complexion and wardrobe, is terrific as the upper class kid, where Cooke (with her unemotional gaze and distraught appearance) looks right through all she comes in contact with, and Yelchin embodies all things loser. "Thoroughbreds" is set to open in theatres in March 2018. I don't know if the film will catch on, so see it soon when it hits your local theatre. This film screened at the Palm Springs International Film Festival #PSIFF2018.
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