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Thoroughbred

Thoroughbred

Thoroughbred

A startlingly prodigious directorial debut from playwright Cory Finley, this nasty piece of work applies a Park Chan-wook -esque vibe to a Heathers-like tale. Anya Taylor-Joy and the fantastically deadpan Olivia Cooke play two sociopath teenagers hatching a murder plot. Though, it’s not a terribly complicated scheme. Thoroughbred is light on story, and could probably use a little padding out (I wanted one more escalation, or one more set piece), but it nonetheless impresses with its mordant humor and grim, gliding style.


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Largely set in an opulent mansion that has the stony, chilly feel of a castle or a dungeon, Thoroughbred never strains to be naughty or twisted. Its pessimism and arch tone are organic, Finley having a remarkably smooth, assured command of his dark little world. There’s even some poetry to it, if no real moral redemption. With Cooke and Taylor-Joy making mean music together, Thoroughbred is a pithy and winning provocation. And as a statement of intent from a promising new director, it’s very exciting.

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