Windfall, A Review
Windfall is a slow movie that build its way up to an explosive climax. Not for those who are impatient.
Should You Watch:
Similar to Power of the Dog, Windfall is a slow burner as well. With some great acting, interesting music scores, and an intense climax, Windfall is an interesting movie if you can last its slow buildup. It does feature some interesting characters, which helps you through the slower pace. If you like character driven movies, then check this one out on Netflix.
What’s Windfall About?
Believing that a tech billionaire is away at a conference, a man breaks into the rich man’s vacation home to rob him of valuables. But when the billionaire and his wife suddenly appear, the first man must hold the two hostages until he is paid. As tensions rise, the situation becomes more and more unstable, as secrets and suppressed emotions are released.
Who’s in Windfall?
Windfall features three characters: the burglar, the billionaire husband, and the wife. None of the characters are ever named and only refer to each other by their titles or nicknames. The burglar is a man who struggles financially. He also studies the habits of the billionaire, stalking him to the point of knowing when he would not be home. When the billionaire appears, the burglar hopes the billionaire is a good person. The billionaire is a rich man who has little patience for the people around him. He puts on a strong face, as he constantly has a target on his back due to his success. He is really excited to have children. The wife is another woman who worked her way from the bottom and married rich. Contrary to her husband, children do not interest her much.
Windfall started off weird and, as such, my initial impressions weren’t good. The opening sequence on the house was long, which turned me away from the movie. However, the music track also caught my attention. Compared to other movies we’ve watched lately, this one seemed to have a bigger emphasis on the scores, which was interesting.
To get into specifics, I think the actors did fantastic this movie. Being a slower buildup, the only way to keep me interested was the characters. The small mannerisms each character portrayed felt very human. Besides that, there were many small actions that, not only foreshadowed future events, it also added more to the characters. Speaking of foreshadow, I really enjoyed the subtle ways it was added. The first instance that comes to mind is the scene where the burglar finds the birth control pills in the wife’s purse. Even though the scene was short, I had a feeling that the topic of children was going to be a big plot point. And as I said earlier, this subtle way was a great way to characterize the wife. Now, there are plenty of these small situations, but you’ll have to watch the movie to find out more.
Besides the foreshadowing and characters, I didn’t mind the pace of this movie. Sure, it was slower than other movies we’ve watched, but the pay off is pretty worth it. I’ll explain more during the spoilers section, but I liked how the intensity slowly ramped up. Alongside that, I liked how the background music helped. For once, it felt like the background music amplified the scene, instead of just being a part of it.
Finally, the plot was quite intense. Sure, it starts off slower, but each little bit adds up significantly, and the pay off at the end was pretty monumental. I can’t say much without spoiling, but I was pleasantly surprised with how much I enjoyed the back half of the movie.
Overall, if you enjoy character driven movies and you can handle the wait, then give this one a shot. If you want constant, in your face, action, then steer clear for sure.