Ethan (Garrett Hedlund) is a tutor and despite his low paying job, he’s living happily with his wife, Annie (Victoria Justice) and they have a baby on the way. Then one night, Ethan gets a tip off about a highly paid job and all he must do is stay for a week and tutor Jackson (Noah Schnapp), the son of a billionaire.
So, Ethan goes along with it, thinking that it’s going to be easy money. However, Jackson isn’t exactly what Ethan would call a normal boy and despite some odd behaviour, he carries on the best he can to do his job. However, once the job is over and Ethan can go back to his life, he realises that his lesson isn’t over with Jackson.
The Tutor is a psychological thriller directed by Jordan Ross and written by Ryan King. Something that may evoke films such as Fatal Attraction and The Hand that Rocks the Cradle is given a somewhat modern spin with a young male antagonist on the tail of an unsuspecting older man.
The problem is that it doesn’t seem to make much sense and a lot of the time, the audience may be shouting at their screens as Ethan ignores reality, seemingly unable to do the sensible thing which would stop the events from escalating.
This makes him a character who is very easy to stop sympathising with, as you realise that if only he’d called the police sooner, then none of the things that happen in the movie would have taken place.
Then there’s the finale which further takes liberties with logic and seems to throw in twists and plot points for no good reason. Getting to the point where Ethan and Jackson’s roles switch around so much that for a moment, it’s hard to decide who to support.
The Tutor is a movie which has an obvious set up and tries to do something original with a familiar format. Unfortunately, in trying to reinvent the wheel, it tries to do something so different with the genre that it ends up becoming a confusing mess where audiences may not know how to feel.
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