WINDFALL is a crime drama streaming on Netflix about a man who breaks into the house of a tech billionaire. However, the man’s plans go awry when the billionaire and his wife make a surprise visit to the vacation home. While his motives are unclear, the man makes a deal with the billionaire and his wife, who supply him with enough money to get off the grid. There’s only one problem. They must wait for the money to be delivered. Trapped in their vacation home with an inexperienced criminal, their confinement reveals their true character.
WINDFALL acts as a satire about wealth inequality and relies on a restricted setting and minimal characters to build suspense. The dialogue between the three leads and cinematography combine for a few clever moments. However, the movie suffers from a weak moral backbone, and feels like it tries to run before it walks, with a predictable ending to an otherwise original idea. While there are some genuinely funny moments and good chemistry between the actors, WINDFALL is marred by a strong humanist worldview, political correctness, and excessive foul language and violence.
(HH, PC, LLL, VVV, M):
Dominant Worldview and Other Worldview Content/Elements:
Strong humanist worldview where individuals are motivated by only what they can gain, with a minor politically correct commentary on wealth inequality (a claim that the best economists reject and claim to have disproven)
More than 70 “f” words, around 11 uses of “s” words, three GD profanities
While violence is infrequent, the few violent scenes are graphic and gory, a man falls through a glass door and is impaled through his neck by broken glass, a character kills a man with a statue by hitting them on the head multiple times (while intense, this takes place mostly off-screen), and a man is shot several times in the chest Alcohol Use/Abuse: No alcohol
No sex, but a women has birth-control pills in her purse
Smoking and/or Drug Use and Abuse:
No smoking or drugs; and,
The intruder and his captives have moral pitfalls but are shallow characters, and the only innocent character dies due to their actions.
WINDFALL is a unique crime, drama streaming on Netflix about a man who breaks into the house of a tech billionaire, but whose plans go awry when the billionaire and his wife make a surprise visit to their vacation home.
The movie opens as a man wonders about the property of a luxurious vacation home. The man is relaxed and seems to belong until a man and his wife arrive to the home and announce that they plan to stay the weekend.
The intruder, unsure of what to do, starts by hiding from the couple. However, the man and his wife soon discover that some of their things have been misplaced, and the intruder must spring into action.
Both the parties involved don’t want any trouble, and they make a deal that would allow the intruder to leave without harming the billionaire and his wife, with some cash. The intruder locks the couple in their own sauna and makes a run to his car, parked just beyond the property’s fence line. However, just as he’s ready to drive away, he notices a camera that could easily be used to identify him as the culprit.
In desperation, he runs back to the property only to find that the couple have escaped the sauna. He tracks them down in the orange orchard on their property and kidnaps them in their own house. While the intruder is slightly more aggressive, the billionaire and his wife offer to pay him more money to leave them alone. The intruder agrees, but it will take a full day before the money can be delivered to the house. For the time being, the three people are stuck with one another in the high-stress situation.
As uncertainty builds for both the intruder and the captives, tensions rise. The billionaire wonders why the intruder chose him and his house, but the intruder keeps his motive a secret. As tension builds between the intruder and his captives, it also boils over for the husband and wife.
When the money doesn’t arrive when expected, the three parties involved reach their respective breaking points. However, it’s unclear as to whose motives are moral, and who is in the wrong.
WINDFALL acts as a satire about wealth inequality and relies on a restricted setting and minimal characters to build suspense. The dialogue between the three leads and the cinematography mix together to create a few clever moments. However, the movie suffers from a weak moral backbone and feels like it tries to run before it can walk, with a predictable ending to an otherwise original idea. WINDFALL has some genuinely funny moments and good chemistry between the actors, but it’s marred by a strong humanist worldview, political correctness, and excessive foul language and violence.
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