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Gripping story of vile toffs; The infamous Bullingdon Club, attended by top Tories, is revealed as aTories, is revealed as ashameful den of excess.

The Riot Club 107mins 15 LABOUR leader Ed Miliband once asked our right honourable Prime Minister in the Commons if he'd "smashed up any restaurants lately".

"In it together" David Cameron didn't deign to reply but going by this thinly veiled account of his exclusive Bullingdon Club, his student days deserve to see him debagged from the Bridge of Sighs right this minute.

The setting is Oxford University where members of the secretive Riot Club (membership fee in the thousands) find themselves two men short of the requisite 10. Reluctantly they take on a pair of well-off but naive newbies (Max Irons and Sam Claflin) who are our ears and eyes of the excesses that follow.

And both become increasingly sickened by the blue-blooded buffoons whose idea of a good night out is to get legless on Champagne, smash restaurant windows and pay off the owners with a roll of fifties.

During one night of wild excess, the elite rah-rahs go too far when they book a high-class call girl (Natalie Dormer) and descend into an orgy of violence. The film's stage play origins (Laura Wade's Posh) ring loud with nothing here that demands to be seen on the big screen.

There's also scant insight into what drives the club's members.

But despite its limitations, The Riot Club grips like a thumbscrew. The toffs are so fabulously, uniformly and relentlessly loathsome that you're unable to take your eyes off the screen. These are villains who make you want to hiss from your seat.

Meanwhile you might question the judgement of Cameron, chancellor George Osborne and Tory-leader-in-waiting Boris Johnson, who were all Bullingdon boys.

Everyone's entitled to a youth but if they took part in just 5 per cent of the excesses portrayed here, none of them should be anywhere near the levers of power.

Irons, star of TV's The White Queen, is particularly impressive, despite having little to work with regarding his character's inner life. He is a name to watch.


POSH BOYS H BOY The cast of Bullingdon toffs

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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Sep 19, 2014
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