Cheap Thrills (2013) is an independent film based on the idea that people will do anything for money. The story follows two friends who haven’t seen each other in five years fall into a game with an insanely wealthy man. The game, do what I say and I will give you money.
The beginning of the film showed promise as did the premise of the film. I went in with a positive head on and for the first 20 minutes I was enjoying it. Then I started to notice something, had my curtains always been that colour?
I got bored very quickly as the film seemed to repeat itself time and time again. It reminded me of Jackass meets Saw but with none of the humour of Jackass and none of the… well ok Saw was rubbish but you get my point.
The acting was great; I could find no fault with the actors or their performances. It was the characters which annoyed me, ok you need money, we get it, we all need money, but I don’t think I would cut my little finger off. Instead I would get down the job centre and find another job.
Every dare got progressively violent and disgusting and we all knew how this was going to end, right from their first encounter. It was a slow slog to get there with a small twist at the end which admittedly provided a minor shock, but nothing good enough to save the film from itself.
I’ve heard a lot of people praising this film, praising its insight and comedy factor and I can only assume they were watching a different film. There was no insight into this, no originality, yes it was a study of the human condition of what people would go through to get money, a comment on reality TV, but, like reality TV, I was bored, annoyed and utterly unimpressed.
Apart from the performances, this film was terrible. It left me feeling depressed that I just spent a portion of time watching such rubbish while at the same time feeling relief on two accounts. One, at least its finished, and two, at least I didn’t go to the cinema to see it.
Rubbish on all levels, don’t believe those people praising it, they’re probably the film’s PR team.