5/10Cast:Lily Collins as Lauren MonroeSimon Pegg as Morgan WarnerConnie Nielsen as Catherine MonroeChace Crawford as William MonroePatrick Warburton as Archer MonroeMarque Richardson as ScottMichael Beach as Harold ThewlisJoe Herrera as Det.
Emilio SanchezLucas Alexander Ayoub as Eddie ParkerChristine De Rosa as Sofia FioreDirected by Vaughn SteinPick up your Digital HD copy of Inheritance here! Inheritance Review:After over a decade of rocking the world of comedy, Simon Pegg has seen something of a career revival with more serious turns in the Mission: Impossible franchise and indie darling Lost Transmissions and his latest effort, Inheritance, which reunites him with Terminal director Vaughn Stein, certainly proves himself a worthy performer in the thriller genre, even when the film around him cannot quite sustain his performance. There nothing wrong with a film utilizing its genre tropes to help raise the stakes or set up a debilitating through line for the main characters, but the problem here is it does neither, with the stakes never feeling so high that audiences feel concerned for the safety of these characters we have had 20 minutes of true connection with, nor driving them off their moral path in any kind of interesting manner.
One of the worst elements of the film coms with its late-in-the-game twist regarding the true backstory of a few key characters, as it not only sucks the life out of what is come before, but also begs the question of just who should we even be rooting for. The final twist in the film feels like it actively works against the personal growth and insight the characters have learned over the course of the story in favor of putting them back where they were at the start of the film, bringing to mind a fairly insightful point from Rick and Morty: 'Maybe I would stop making so many mistakes if I let myself learn from them!
'Despite a star-studded cast, the only true shining light from its ensemble comes in the form of Pegg twisting and delectable performance as Warner, with the actor not only delivering a solid American accent, but also chewing up every bit of scenery he given. His performance as the mysterious imprisoned soul in the underground bunker is appropriately ambiguous-yet-sympathetic enough that the viewer finds themself just as unsure about whether to trust what he claiming as fact or deny his description of the past as Collins' Lauren wants to do. Collins does not deliver a poor leading performance, by any means, but given her phenomenal turns in To The Bone and Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, her work in this film left me wanting more, while Patrick Warburton was finally given the opportunity to show off some dramatic chops, only to be thrown into underwhelming flashbacks.
Inheritance is certainly not the worst effort from the thriller genre of late, offering the occasional bit of intrigue and twist and supported by an incredible performance from Pegg, but is mostly just too unoriginal and dull to match up to the better parts of its whole.