Movie Review: Inheritance (2020)

When wealthy politician and socialite Archer Monroe (Patrick Warburton) dies, his estate is divided among his family; wife, Catherine (Connie Nielsen), son and fellow politician, William (Chace Crawford) and Manhattan District Attorney, Lauren (Lily Collins). As part of Archer’s will, Lauren is left the contents of a secret bunker in the backyard, containing a single prison (Simon Pegg), and uncountable more dark secrets. Inheritance was released in 2020, and was directed by Vaughn Stein.

+ playing against type, this is Simon Pegg at his most ‘Hannibal Lecter’ I’m a fan of Pegg, so seeing him in this underdog-antagonistic role was a real shock to me personally. Collins is fine, Crawford is fine (The Boys season two can’t come soon enough), Neilsen is really good, and in his very limited screen time Warburton is a commanding presence (the voice definitely helps)
+ overall tension builds up, with some nice twists and reveals to keep things moving at a fun pace. None of the side-story reveals seem to go anywhere in particular, which was a bit of a disappointment as there did seem to be some real room to shake things up even more

– a few story-based location changes feel like they should be more important than they are, and I can’t stress enough how much I hate how police in movies only get results the exact moment after they would have been most helpful
– a very unsatisfying ending ruins any good will built up. The big climax would have been perfect had it ended about 2 second earlier than it did (you’ll know what I mean when you see it), but as it stands it’s just a predictable affair

Should you see this film: At about the half way point, someone asked me what I was watching and what I thought about it, and I gushed about how much I was enjoying it. Unfortunately, that did not last, and by the time it was over I was wishing I was locked away underground just so I’d never made myself watch this in the first place.


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