Having seen this film just four days before from Maps To The Stars, I’m hard-pressed to wonder why such a grim story about an exclusive Oxford University ‘dining club’ wasn’t also given an 18 certificate.
True, it doesn’t have the kind of explicit scene which Cronenberg felt fit to include, but the intent is there.
And plenty of sickening violence, too.
Led by Sam Claflin and Max Irons, The Riot Club’s brilliant young cast portray the kind of former public schoolboys whom we can expect to be rampant hedonists.
The Riot Club dips in the middle and is often unpalatable. But, although it’s not as cinematically satisfying as one of her previous films An Education (2009), Danish director Lone Scherfig’s powerful adaption of Laura Wade’s 2010 play Posh will certainly reinforce a certain male stereotype in the national psyche.