Amid surprises and controversies, we survived the Oscar 2022although we spent the rest of the week commenting on the episode Chris Rock/Will Smith. In any case, it’s time to think about next year, and keep an eye on the silent releases that streaming platforms make available at the beginning of the year and that could mean potential nominees for the next award, as is the case of ‘Whose luck?’, thriller which recently debuted on Netflix and you can now set up a Best Actor candidate.
An English billionaire (Jesse Plemons) and his young wife (Lily Collins) have just arrived from a trip to their country house somewhere in Italy. The two were recently married, have great chemistry and are looking forward to enjoying a weekend of their own at the house. However, they are surprised by the presence of a man (Jason Segel) there, who had broken into the house to steal it. Faced with the unpredictability of the moment, the man decides to hold the couple hostage until he decides on a satisfactory value to free them. While the money doesn’t arrive, the three are forced to live in that space, and, between big revelations, architected lies and a lot of tension, the three will show how far they are willing to go to survive.
‘Whose luck?‘ has the script written by the veteran Andrew Kevin Walkerresponsible for the excellentSeven: The Seven Capital Crimes’ e ‘The legend of the headless Knight‘. This says a lot about what we can expect from the film: an intricate narrative, full of pitfalls in dialogue and scenes, in which nothing is trivially placed in the plot. The story created by him and by Justin Lader, Jason Segel e Charlie McDowell it’s exciting, like those thrillers Argentines that make us aware of the film festivals the world adopts. Despite this, the story wears out as soon as the plot is presented, leaving a feeling of winding up in the second act, in which the characters literally have to spend time waiting for the next day to arrive. Although a nervous tension remains in the air, it is not enough to hold the spectator.
Who steals attention em’Whose luck?’ It’s Jesse Plemons, which builds a completely hateful character, to the point of making the viewer roll his eyes, along with the other actors, at every zucchini he says. It’s not easy to feel so comfortable in the role of a cancelable subject, and Jesse hit the right spot to win over the public’s dislike. As opposed to Lily Collinswho plays a well-behaved little doll who tries to hide her own emotions, both manage to balance the cadence of the feature – he, despicable, she, a relief.
At an hour and a half long and neatly divided into three narrative arcs, ‘Whose luck?‘ it is a thriller style Hitchcock cooked in a bain-marie and essentially relying on the interpretation of its cast, whose characters have no name. All set in a single location – the house –, it is a film with the air of a cult movie squeezed into the menu of the Netflix to keep an eye on the 2023 awards season.