- 1 hr 51 min
Inheritance is a mystery drama movie directed by Vaughn Stein and released in 2020. The movie opens with the death of Archer Monroe, a wealthy and powerful politician played by Patrick Warburton, leaving behind his wife Catherine (Connie Nielsen), two children William and Lauren, and a mysterious inheritance. Lauren (Lily Collins) is a district attorney who is running for re-election and is determined to follow in her father's footsteps. William (Chace Crawford) is a businessman who has his own tensions with his father.
At the reading of the will, Lauren receives a mysterious key that leads her to a bunker hidden in the woods. Inside the bunker, Lauren discovers a prisoner and tapes that reveal her father's darkest secrets. Simon Pegg plays the prisoner, Morgan Warner, a man who Catherine and Archer kidnapped 30 years earlier. Morgan has been held captive in the bunker for all this time, and the tapes reveal that Archer was using him for nefarious deeds as part of his political schemes.
The more Lauren and William uncover about their father, the more they realize that he was capable of using his power and wealth for anything, including keeping a man chained up for 30 years. As they dig deeper, they find that their father's will was only the beginning of the secrets he was hiding from them.
As the siblings delve deeper into their father's web of lies, they soon realize that they have more in common than they thought. Lauren is a rising star in the legal world, but William has his own successful business, and the siblings' different lifestyles and careers intersect in ways neither one would have expected.
The movie explores the themes of power and control, familial dysfunction, and the lengths people are willing to go to maintain their secrets. The viewer is encouraged to question what would they do to hide a shameful truth or to get what they want, and if the ends really justify the means.
Lily Collins delivers a strong and powerful performance as Lauren, a driven and determined lawyer, who slowly unravels her father's secrets. Simon Pegg, well known for his role in comedies, shows his dramatic side as the prisoner who has been locked up for decades. Connie Nielsen is perfectly cast as Catherine, who is forced to confront her husband's horrible actions.
The movie's pacing is well done and keeps the audience engaged throughout. The bunker scenes are creepy and claustrophobic, and the tension builds as the siblings try to unravel Archer's secrets. The film's climax delivers satisfying closure without being too predictable, with a twist that will keep the audience on the edge of their seats until the very end.
Overall, Inheritance is an intense thriller that will keep the viewer guessing until the very end. The movie's strong cast, themes, and twists make it worth watching, and the story is a reminder that some secrets are meant to be kept hidden.
Inheritance is a 2020 thriller with a runtime of 1 hour and 51 minutes. It has received mostly poor reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 5.6 and a MetaScore of 31.