The Beach House (2020) | SHUDDER
Echo Boomers follows a team of millennials as they break into the homes of rich boomers. It has a statement to make in what could be a modern Robin Hood allegory, but it’s not entirely sure what that statement is.
Directed by Seth Savoy in his feature debut, he takes the true story and makes sure to drip it in lavish offerings. The film is at its best during the house raids where we get to see the destruction crew in their element, with gorgeous slow motion and a stylistic use of camera and sound. Unfortunately, the hyper stylised elements are at times over used and the film is overstuffed with techniques. Told as a series of flashbacks with voiceover, we also get various real news footage interspersed for exposition, ‘rules’ created like in Zombieland and multiple narrators as they are all interviewed. It’s too much going on for what should actually be a fairly straightforward story, and unfortunately disperses any tension it attempts to build up.
What starts as a political statement – if the wealthy 1% won’t let the money trickle down to longer generations, we’ll make it trickle down for you – turns in to a standard ‘one last heist’ caper as tensions between our crew brew. The film tries to gain momentum at various points but fails due to the over editing and jumping between the narrative. What we’re left with is a paint by numbers heist film which is fun enough to watch, but ultimately unmemorable.
Takes The True Story And Makes Sure To Drip It In Lavish Offerings
ECHO BOOMERS (2020)
ACTING | CHARACTERS | DIALOGUE:
We are led to believe that this is a noble crew, who have all been screwed over by the system. Politics activists, Silicon Valley interns, military vets and masters educated yet somehow unemployed. In their own words they ‘have done everything right’, and yet for what? The problem is as characters they all fall quite flat. They discuss at various points in the film how vapid the people they steal from are, how they hate the waste and excess and gluttony – to prove their crime is warranted. Except, when the crew get their cut they immediately splurge it all on wild nights clubbing, designers drugs and fancy clothes, thus making them seem just as vapid and not at all noble. The way they are written and portrayed, especially in scenes with their boss (an excellent as always Michael Shannon) they come off as immature brats who just want to party and not do a full day’s work.
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MUSIC | SCORE | SOUND DESIGN:
A glorious mixture of sounds that accompany both the wild nights partying and the extravagant home raids, it feels disappointing when they’re interrupted by more exposition loaded voiceovers.
Location scout and set designers for the film have done a beautiful job and the houses involved look gorgeous and inviting. Who wouldn’t want a piece of these excellent treasures, the art, all of it. It’s a shame to see such destruction wreaked upon it, but delicious all the same.
A fun enough watch from some interesting promise, it unfortunately can’t decide if it wants to be a modern fable or a heist caper, and as a result fails at both.
ECHO BOOMERS - In Theaters, On Demand & Digital (11.13.20)