A good thriller always has a twist, but that’s not the only thing that makes the movie good. Yes, the payoff is what you’re there for, but it’s the story that you get along the way that makes the movie actually good and one that you will want to watch again. And while The Tutor has a twist at the end that you probably wont see coming, it’s not because it’s totally out of the realm of possibility. It’s more than likely you have tuned out or are bored from the story overall.
The Tutor follows Ethan as he takes on another turoing job that has potentionally life changing money. He is an indemand private tutor and although the timing isn’t great for this temporary placement, the money would be great for him and his pregnant girlfriend. He finds himself at a private coastal home tutoring a young man who ‘s parents only seem to fund his every wish. The week long assignment quickly goes from routine to dangerous and Ethan is accused of crimes he never committed – or did he?
The acting overall in The Tutor is a base line, there’s not a lot of emotion or reason to trust one character over the other. With such a limited cast, there’s not really a lot of things that you can question of who did what. Instead, the story just drags you through from one incident to the other offering little thrill or interest along the way.
There is no doubt that The Tutor does have a twist at the end, much like you would expect from any thriller movie. But the twist doesn’t seem to make watching the movie worth the payoff. It doesn’t make the hour of slow storytelling and bland acting any better. It may be enough for some audiences who are ok with stories that don’t mind a movie that is the equivalent of a meandering walk through a park, but when it comes to thrillers you expect more. Not just a pretty set and mediocre story.
The Tutor is in theaters everywhere this weekend, but if you’re looking for something a bit more thrilling, or that will keep your attention you may want to check out another title. You just wait until this one is available on streaming networks, it won’t take long.
About The Tutor:
An in-demand tutor for the East Coast monied elite, Ethan (Garrett Hedlund) lands a high-paying assignment to instruct a billionaire’s son, Jackson (Noah Schnapp), at a remote New York waterfront estate. Almost immediately, Ethan realizes that his student’s interest in his life borders upon obsession. As tension grows, Jackson’s accusations threaten to expose Ethan’s perceived dark secrets to his girlfriend (Victoria Justice) and the authorities. As sentiment turns against Ethan, it is up to him, and only him, to unearth Jackson’s accusations and prove his innocence.