Grand Son, The; Powerful Performances Strike In This Summer Thriller
Grand Son, The. Film Details.
Director: Robert Logevall
Writer: Abram Makowka
Release Date: August 14th, 2018
Release Format: VOD
MPAA Rating: N/A
Running Time: 78 min
When Tod, a twisted young charmer’s decadent Hollywood lifestyle is put into jeopardy, he hatches a diabolical plan to save it.
From Press Release:
The Purge’s Rhys Wakefield hatches a killer plan in The Grand Son, premiering on digital this August from Uncork’d Entertainment.
Award-winning filmmaker Robert Logevall and writer Abram Makowka invite you to experience a young man’s descent into decadence and darkness.
High in the Hollywood Hills, Tod and his sister, Lani live a charmed life in mansion of their grandmother, a former movie star now hosting a home shopping show with failing ratings. She sees her grandchildren as spoiled and entitled and when Tod senses that his lifestyle is in jeopardy he hatches a diabolical plot to keep the home shopping show going and the money rolling in.
Academy Award Nominee Lesley Anne Warren (Color of Night, Victor/Victoria), Fabianne Therese, Nathan Keyes, and Sarah Clarke (the Twilight franchise) also star.
The Grand Son releases digitally on 8/14 and DVD on 11/6.
The Grand Son is a Cruel Intentions meets American Psycho family tale about corruption, fame and decadence. I enjoyed watching Tod, Lani and Judy interact and grow throughout the narrative.
The story isn’t that inventive or extraordinary, unquestionably the lowest aspect about the film. We meet Tod and his sister Lani living in a manor with their grandmother Judy – a long time Hollywood actress that now sells products on TV. Their way of life may seem full of personality, lust and power, but they’re mostly bored by how their routines are. It’s the proper adaptation of how wealth isn’t the answer to be happy. The Grand Son was formerly known as American Pets and still is on IMDb. I actually prefer this title because it deeply shows how the Tod and Lani are pets of their grandmother’s fame. I think it’s the appropriate title for this film and it’s frustrating that maybe they had to change the title because of the VOD and DVD release.
The Grand Son reminded me of Cruel Intentions by how the interactions of Tod with his sister and his grandmother are unusual. There is a sexual chemistry between them, like everything is achievable. There’s even a scene where Tod tries to charm his sister’s boyfriend and he almost gets him engaged, which I thought was hilarious.
The Grand Son is an entertaining new take on a thriller but it doesn’t entirely go as far as you could predict after reading online about how Tod is the new Patrick Bateman. The Grand Son does deliver some remarkable scenes but in terms of intensity and gore, it doesn’t reach the achilles heel of delusion of American Psycho. This doesn’t mean that The Grand Son isn’t worth a watch though; it merits to be recognized by its looks, Logevall’s direction and the cast.
The narrative progresses fluidly and grows in your skin specially because of how strong the actors are. I remember watching Lesley Ann Warren in Will & Grace and rediscovering her in this role made me respect her even more. She is bold and her presence is incredible. Rhys Wakefield plays Tod with passion and focus, his facial expressions are creepy as they are delicate and calm. After watching The Purge and The Grand Son, I’m now positive that Wakefield is a talented actor, and he deserves to take more complex roles like this one. His transformation from the first scene until the last one is superb. A breakthrough performance.
The cinematography and soundtrack work admirably together. The use of warm colours embellishes the screen and makes this film the perfect viewing for a summer Sunday afternoon.
The Grand Son is a fun ride, and it’s the perfect thriller for the summer. If you’d like to raise the temperature, get comfortable and enjoy a strong film with a dynamic cast and some chilling moments, The Grand Son is for you.
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