Watched Inheritance (2020)

A wealthy father dies leaving his daughter to protect his darkest secret; he has a man chained up in a bunker in the woods. Torn between just letting the man go, protecting her family and her father’s legacy, she goes looking for the secrets that surround the man. It’s intriguing enough to keep you watching, with plenty of twists and turns. Performances are workman like, as is the direction, which desperately wanted to look and feel like an early David Fincher film. Simon Pegg revels in a rare serious role, summoning enough weird to make him more than a bit creepy. There is a problem with the plot, something that only struck me at the very end. Early in the story, the daughter watches a video of her father asking her to protect his secret. But he makes a weak excuse and doesn’t tell her what it is or why. It feels contrived. I would’ve lost the video. All you need is a letter that tells her to look in this place only the two of them know. Also I would’ve put most of the revelations you get at the end, at the mid point. From there the moral dilemmas faced by the daughter could’ve been more complicated, and more difficult to resolve. I would’ve tortured her a little more for the sake of the story. Watch it and decide for yourself.

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