The Riot Club

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The Riot Club

Lone Scherfig (2014)

107min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Privilege and peer pressure amid the dreaming spires of Oxford set the tone for this drama about university students who are members of the elite boys' club of the title. New recruits Max Irons and Sam Claflin are ushered into the club's world of debauchery, but the excesses get out of hand after one particularly wild behind-closed-doors dinner. Director Lone Scherfig (An Education) paints on a broader canvas than that of screenwriter Laura Wade's original claustrophobic stage play, Posh. Consequently, the action takes a while to get into gear and the film's examination of wealth and class is less tightly focused. The ensemble cast works well together, with special mention going to Douglas Booth as the charismatic centre of the club, but the escalating destructiveness threatens to become too sensationalist, losing sight of Wade's core study of aristocratic entitlement.

Summary

Two first year students at Oxford join an infamous drinking society for the University's privileged social elite. When they attend an annual dinner at a local pub, the new arrivals are shocked by how far their friends take their hedonistic lifestyle and contempt for others. Drama based on Laura Wade's stage play Posh, starring Sam Claflin, Max Irons and Natalie Dormer.

Cast & Crew

Alistair Sam Claflin
Miles Max Irons
Harry Douglas Booth
Rachel Jessica Brown Findlay
Lauren Holliday Grainger
James Freddie Fox
Dimitri Ben Schnetzer
Jeremy Tom Hollander
Hugo Sam Reid
Charlie Natalie Dormer
George Jack Farthing
Director Lone Scherfig
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: UniversalAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 19 Sep 2014
Drama