Cheap Thrills is story about this guy, who met his school friend one night, completely by accident, after not recalling him for many years, and then they got acquainted with a rich couple celebrating wife’s birthday. As the night went on, the four of them got to know each other quite intimately, and sex was probably the least interesting part of that. Let’s just say, things got rather crazy at some point.
While the story is indeed pretty wild, it is never implausible or unrealistic. Everything is fastened tightly with cause-effect relations; events naturally arise, well-founded by all the preceding ones; and there’s nothing in the characters’ behaviour that cannot be explained without leaving the interior of the story. In terms of power it is fairly simple: the money is in the root of everything, and there’s nothing supernatural anywhere. Another important thing is that there is no dirty tricks from the writers, meaning everything is what is seems, which is most vividly clear from the finale, when the couple honored their agreement and didn’t try to swindle the heroe.
The implementation is good, there’s nothing to pick on at all. The acting is great as well, although it doesn’t matter as much as the consistency of the story.
All in all, it’s an imaginative, refreshingly different thriller, where everything is exactly as it should be. I guess, it makes it kind of perfect.
Released in: 2013
Directed by: E.L. Katz
Written by: David Chirchirillo, Trent Haaga
Performed by: Pat Healy, Ethan Embry, Sara Paxton, David Koechner, Amanda Fuller, Laura Covelli, Todd Farmer, Elissa Dowling, Eric Neil Gutierrez, Ruben Pla, Claudia Salinas, Brighton Sharbino, Eli McLaughlin
Entertaining quality: 5 out of 5
Art quality: 5 out of 5
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