Movie Review: Inheritance (2020)

Synopsis: District Attorney Lauren Monroe has always had a contentious relationship with her wealthy father, especially since she chose to prosecute is rich friends rather than defend them. That's why she wasn't surprised when she only received $1 million for an inheritance while her younger brother received $20 million. However, her father also left her a surprise secret inheritance - a stranger locked up in a bunker who knows all sorts of secrets about her family.

Who's in it? The movie stars Lily Collins, Simon Pegg, Connie Nielsen, Chace Crawford and Patrick Warburton.

Review: My wife and I had some time to watch a movie while still digesting Thanksgiving dinner. I came across this one earlier in the morning and, thinking it sounded interesting, gave it a try. It turned out to be a decent film.

I think the thing I liked most about this movie was just how difficult Lauren's (Collins) position was. It was obvious she wanted to do the right thing but was also concerned about the damage the imprisoned stranger (Pegg) could do with the things he knew about, including her father's secret second family and a dead body. Also not helping with her decision was the fact she didn't even know, for sure, who the man was and how truthful he was being.

This, in turn, made the movie a lot less predictable than I was expecting it to be (though we did sort of guess at the stranger's real identity). I wasn't sure if she would eventually do the right thing or if she would put her family first and either kill the man outright or leave him locked in the bunker.

My only real complaint about the movie is I feel like the bunker itself needed an explanation, mostly because it was the kind of thing that seemed to be a bit odd, even on a rich person's property, especially since it was fairly elaborate (like something you would expect to see in a war movie). Was her dad in the habit of locking people up? Or did he have the bunker built solely for the purpose of holding that one person?

I also kind of feel her younger brother (Crawford) needed some sort of comeuppance. The movie reveals the senator's own shady past but doesn't really do anything with it and I was kind of disappointed by that.

Final Opinion: I wasn't completely sure I would enjoy this movie but it turned out to be an entertaining film. I'd recommend watching it if you get a chance.

My Grade: A


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