Reviewed by David Savage
Starring: Thomas Dekker, Gabriella Wilde, Luke Grimes, Richard Dreyfuss
Directed by: Martin Weisz
Running Time: 101 minutes
Release Date: 26 May 2014
Two young homeless drifters, Jonas (Thomas Dekker) and Kelly (Gabriella Wilde) are sleeping on the beach and raiding dumpsters for food and stealing until Jonas overhears a woman in a parking lot telling the maid they are going away for a month and the house will be empty. All their worries are over (at least for a short time) after moving in the upmarket gated house overlooking the ocean.
Jonas decides to sell the cars and jewellery from the house but after agreeing to a deal with someone who won’t be messed around things go drastically wrong when the wealthy residents of the house, David (Richard Dreyfuss), his wife Evelyn and son David (Luke Grimes), return home unexpectedly.
Jonas has descended into a world of violence and has to get the property he has already sold while Kelly is falling for David. When the two worlds collide it leads to violent confrontations.
Overall, I found squatters to be a very enjoyable film. It started off OK with 2 homeless people doing what they needed to to survive and then got really interesting. With suspense, violence and twists it is definitely worth watching.
The 2 young actors Thomas Dekker and Gabriella Wilde are definitely ones to look out for in the future.
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