When their car breaks down in the middle of nowhere, a couple of wannabe thieves realize they aren’t the only colorful characters in the area. Starring Bill Skarsgård, Maika Monroe, Jeffrey Donovan and Kyra Sedgwick, Villains is a wicked good time with a few creepy twists and turns throughout.
Mickey and Jules are a young couple, madly in love with one another. They (poorly) rob a convenient store with the hopes of making a life together somewhere else. During their getaway, Mickey realizes they’re soon to run out of gas in the middle of nowhere. They notice a house nearby and break in, hoping to snag a car and whatever else they can find.
While rummaging around they come across a shocking sight (leaving out because… spoilers) which completely shifts gears for them. It’s certainly not what they would have expected, and what they expected even less was the peculiar home owners to return.
With a unique, twisted story and quirky characters, Villains was certainly one of the more wacky films I caught at SXSW. It’s a mild thriller that uses a lot of humor throughout, mainly due to the exuberant people on screen. Though it’s serious at its core, it keeps it light throughout. You can’t help but adore Skarsgård and Monroe’s characters, who are such dopes for each other, you in turn, are for them. They’re the sloppiest criminals, which makes them so endearing, and their chemistry is palpable.
Tone shifts quite a lot at the end of the film, and there are some moments where I sort of found minor holes in the plot. However, I think it’s a solid film that was different and exciting. It was definitely towards the top of my list, if just for the charm of it all.
Villains hits theaters in September!