If you’re into gripping stories about the morally depraved lives of the filthy rich, The Riot Club is for you: based on the play “Posh” by Laura Wade, the film tells the thrilling tale of an elite Oxford dining club and the snobbery and reprehension with which they treat those that don’t belong to the same social class as them. Omnia vincit pecunia!
The Riot Club (2014): Directed by Lone Scherfig (One Day, An Education); running-time 1h 47mins.; starring Max Irons (Red Riding Hood, The Host), Douglas Booth (Noah, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies), Sam Claflin (Love Rosie, The Hunger Games), Holliday Grainger (Cinderella, The Borgias), Jessica Brown Findlay (Downton Abbey), Natalie Dormer (Game of Thrones, The Tudors)
What’s it about? Two first-year students (Claflin, Irons) at Oxford University join the infamous Riot Club, an elite society dedicated to hedonism and the belief that money can buy anything. When the club holds its annual meeting at a local restaurant, things escalate quickly…
What’s it really about? If you’re a filthy rich white pretty boy, you can get away with anything because life is class system and it’s all incredibly unfair.
- You’re looking for a gripping thriller to watch on your own or with friends: The Riot Club will get under your skin and stay with you long after the credits roll
- You’re interested in stories about secret societies or elite clubs, such as The Skulls:
like the 2002 movie, which was based on the Skull and Bones society at the University of Yale, The Riot Club is modeled after a real organisation, the Bullingdon Club at Oxford. If you think that the scenes depicted in this film are purely fictional, consider that, according to his biographers, Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron once put a “private part of his anatomy” into a dead pig’s mouth as part of an initiation rite for the Piers Gaveston Society at Oxford. Other high-ranking British politicians who are former members of Oxbridge dining clubs include Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne, and Mayor of London Boris Johnson
- You’re fascinated by the privileged lives of the social elite, as explored on shows such as Made in Chelsea, which follows a group of poshlings from one of London’s most expensive neighbourhoods, Gossip Girl, The O.C., 90210, or Revenge
- You are ready to get REALLY angry at a bunch of spoilt rotten fuckboys: Sam Claflin in particular really knocks it out of the park with his performance as the sinister fresher and newest club member Alistair
- You’re a fan of social satires and criticism of the class system (such as Ryan Murphy’s Scream Queens)
Most memorable scene: ***************SPOILER*********************
After Alistair swipes Miles phone to send a text to the latter’s girlfriend Lauren, she shows up at the club meeting and is immediately harrassed by the members. To her utter disbelief and shock, her boyfriend stands idly by while Alistair and company offer to pay her for sex.
Most memorable quote: “I’m sick to fucking death… of poor people!” – Alistair
Magic Music Moment:
During their club meeting in the backroom of a local restaurant, the members get drunk and completely trash the room – just because – in a disquieting montage set to “Good Times” by Eric Burdon and The Animals.
Where can I watch? The Riot Club is available for rent on Amazon, Maxdome, iTunes, and Google Play.