The Riot Club (2014)

The Riot Club (2014)
  • Time: 107 min
  • Genre: Drama | Thriller
  • Director: Lone Scherfig
  • Cast: Sam Claflin, Max Irons, Douglas Booth


Two first-year students at Oxford University join the infamous Riot Club, where reputations can be made or destroyed over the course of a single evening.

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  • Class warfare underlines the debauchery on extreme display in The Riot Club, the film adaptation of Laura Wade’s hit play Posh. Centering on the fictional undergraduate society and its annual dinner, the film purports to examine the poison of entitlement running through the veins of the privileged few.

    Indeed, much is made of legacy and lineage in the hallowed halls of Oxford University as the latest school term commences. Education and heritage are key to attaining membership in the elite posse, though a certain X factor – the capacity to be a legend – can also be taken into consideration. That certain something marks Miles (Max Irons) as a viable nominee into the club, though his middle-class stature and more liberal acceptance of the lower classes (as evidenced by his relationship with “bootstrapper” Lauren, played by Holliday Grainger) sticks in the craw of the other recruit Alistair (Sam Claflin), whose older brother is famed for “being the best Riot Club president ever.” The two undergo the usual humiliations of hazing, including the complete and utter destruction of their rooms.

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