Writer-Director Joe Martin’s Us And Them is a class war, social commentary filtered through a post-Quentin Tarantino cinematic world. The politics might be 21st Century, but at times it sounds as if most of the dialogue was ripped from a word processor in the late 1990s. It’s an uneasy mix, which doesn’t really work – and that’s a shame because the film’s interesting premise (and any chance of social commentary) is let down by a lack of focus.
Danny (Jack Roth) and his pals, (Andrew Tiernan and Daniel Kendrick) decide that it’s time to teach the rich a lesson. To do so, they believe a home invasion is in order, but things don’t quite go according to plan.
Us And Them is a jumble of tones and ideas cobbled together in an energetic fashion (the film zips around with flashbacks and flash-forwards) but it’s not successful in bringing these elements together. The film’s main saving grace is the assured performance from young Jack Roth. Roth is the son of actor Tim Roth and he shares many of the same qualities as his father. That’s great because he’s a good actor, but bad when his vocal delivery sounds so much like his father’s that the sub-Tarantino dialogue stands out like a sore thumb. Some of the other performances aren’t so good, but the film’s tonal shifts are mainly to blame for this lack of cohesiveness.
At times its easy to overlook some of Us And Them’s flaws, but the tonal shifts come along so thick and fast that you can’t really get a handle on what the film is supposed to be. The film might be worth it for Jack Roth’s performance, but that’s the best thing about this disappointing thriller.