Despite the interesting premise of the film and the fact that we get to see Simon Pegg in a departure type character this was not a film which lived up to my standards. Or, I would imagine, anyone’s.
When patriarch Archer (Patrick Warburton – from television’s Seinfeld) dies a very wealthy family is thrown into a state they are not familiar with. It is a state of being unsure of themselves. Wife and mother Catherine (Connie Nielsen – Gladiator, Wonder Woman) is left without her life partner. Even his highly successful adult children seem lost. Daughter and Manhattan district attourney Lauren (Lily Collins – Mirror Mirror, A Wizard’s Tale) is left a little bruised by the fact that her younger brother and politician William (Chace Crawford – from television’s Gossip Girl) is left $20 million to her $1 million. She claims to not be upset by her father’s slight from the afterlife, but no one is convinced.
Lauren’s inheritance becomes even more problematic as she has also recieved a package from her father’s lawyer Harold (Michael Beach – Aquaman, If Beale Street Could Talk) which contains a set of keys and a usb. On the usb there is a cryptic video message from her father saying he had to leave this to her as the oldest and he was sorry. He did what he did to save the family and that she must go to her grave with the secret.
Using a clue from her father, Lauren finds an underground bunker on the family property and in it a chained up man. He says his name is Morgan Warner (Simon Pegg – Mission: Impossible – Fallout, Ready Player One) and has a story to tell which could ruin her family and destroy any chance William has at reelection.
While the beginning of the film was merely stilted from this point on it is just plain absurd. Yes, in all films you have to suspend belief, but not to this degree. They should still be somewhat believable. While Pegg is decent in his role, Collins seems totally out of her element. She does not seem capable of making us believe that her Lauren is a person of morals or smart enough to be a lawyer. She is slow and always takes too long to figure things out. Part of the fault is hers and part lays with screenwriter Matthew Kennedy (first film), who also does not seem to know where to go with this character.
Then there is the fact that the build up to the supposed pay off takes a eternal amount of time. It drags on and on. Any good twist does make you wait for it, but not for too long as you end up not caring at that point. Plus there are so many holes in this it would be generous to compare it to swiss cheese.