The Thinning

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5.41 h 23 min201713+
THE THINNING takes place in a dying world where population control is dictated by an aptitude test in high school. When two students (Logan Paul and Peyton List) discover the test is all smoke and mirrors hiding a larger conspiracy, they must go against the system to expose it and take it down.
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Michael J. Gallagher
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Calum WorthyLogan PaulLia Marie Johnson
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4.3 out of 5 stars

4749 global ratings

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Rochester FanReviewed in the United States on July 20, 2020
2.0 out of 5 stars
HUNGER GAMES without the Games
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THE THINNING is like THE HUNGER GAMES, except they just haul the kids off and cut their throats. It's called culling. They cull 5% of the school kids once a year, killing the ones who do worst on an academic test. Maybe I wasn't paying close enough attention but it appeared to me that the kids at every school level take a test and are vulnerable to be slaughtered, every year. If that's the case, then 60% (5% X 12 years) of society's youth would be killed by the time they finish high school! This movie is THE HUNGER GAMES but without imagination, creativity, cleverness, appeal, or common sense. (Society just sits by while 5% of their children have their throats cut without even getting to say goodbye?) You might enjoy the movie. Many other commenters seem to like it. I think it's a waste of time.
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Citsym NogardReviewed in the United States on October 30, 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
Fatal flaw
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Yes the planet is over populated, & I don't condone killing people because of that. But the premise of the story is that parents are going to let the government execute their young children to limit the population isn't going to happen by any stretch of the imagination, especially if there are criminals (one of the news casts in the movie was talking about crime), severely or terminally ill people (one of the character's mother was fighting & losing to cancer) & old people around (some of the bit characters were over 60). A better story would involve a limit on how many kids a couple could have, maybe even a lottery for those who don't make up the 1% (i.e. rich) to have a kid type conspiracy. I can come up with a few scenarios that would work better than the one in this movie.
8 people found this helpful
AdamReviewed in the United States on July 26, 2017
4.0 out of 5 stars
Don't plan to make this film a part of your life, but don't pass it up either.
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I give the film four stars because I did find it genuinely entertaining. The premise is an interesting one, but (without giving away spoilers) the ending makes it seem like we're supposed to be happy with the result. In the end, with most of these films, much of the time the oppressive institution is what is brought down. In this case, one might think a film like this would try to stop "The Thinning" itself, but this film takes the interesting angle of forcing the viewer to see the ending as just and right. The Thinning is meant to be viewed as normal and within the film's canon and moral compass. Perhaps a sequel would dig deeper and actually try to stop The Thinning itself.

It would be interesting to know more about how this was all set up. The film alludes a bit to how it got started, and that the USA is the only country that does population control this way.

The production value is quite high, and people who frequently watch things on YouTube will recognize some of the cameos. Good music, too, which keeps the film engaging. A few of the characters (Mason King, for example) are pretty clichéd, but not in a way that doesn't match the rest of the script.

Do I think this film deserves a sequel? I'm not sure it's worthwhile to go out of your way to look to make one. It would have to be much bigger and bolder than the current script suggests the original author is capable of producing. And, with one of the main characters "gone," I would say it might have to start in another school or town and then get Laina involved as part of some sort of resistance group? Who knows.

And without giving anything away, the last ten seconds of the film open up a giant can of worms that just defies explanation.

And I do have one bone to pick with the source material. It says at one point that the UN decided all nations should reduce their populations by 5% every year. That is a massive number in the first few years that puts the Holocaust to shame. And the film just glosses over that completely. It's unclear how long this population control has been going on, but with all the High Schools basically built to exist as prisons with tons of security guards and teachers complicit in what's going on, and with all the students in the film accustomed to the annual Thinning, I'd say it's been going on at least 20 years. Which if you start at 10 billion means that the global population is now down to 3.5 billion assuming they've stuck to 5% per year. That's an insane number, and it's not clear to me that there is a way to show the audience that the world got so bad that people accepted this as "the way" and continued to do so for this long.

Anyway, that's my two cents. As far as B movies go, this is among the best. It's enjoyable as a sort of shock-and-awe thought experiment.

DO NOT READ BEYOND THIS LINE IF YOU DON'T WANT SPOILERS

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Ok so if the UN said the USA is supposed to reduce its population by 5%/year but they are using the students as slave labor, are they hiding this from the UN? Or is Assuru working with the UN? What's the deal with that? So did none of them actually die? The sequel would really, really have to stretch big to wrap up this massive plot-hole-ridden film.
10 people found this helpful
Supernatural readerReviewed in the United States on October 3, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
Decent acting, decent story line, but typical Hollywood cliche'
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I don't know much about the actors accept for the guy who plays the Governor, what's his name? Ha Ha! Anyhow, the plot isn't very far fetched, though I don't see this happening in this country, population control does happen in other countries and has happened.
What bothers me and I bet most of you don't even realize, is that as per usual, the "bad-guys" are the Republicans and the "good-guys" are the Democrats. For those of you who don't follow politics or do but lean to the left, you may or may not see the little innuendos and propaganda which point to the Governor as being a Conservative or Right-Wing candidate. The truth however, is that this Governor fits right in to what is known as Agenda 21 or what is now called, Agenda 2030 which is authored by the UN, don't believe me, look it up yourself. Much of what the Governor does is Fascist and Communistic which are really one in the same, meaning, both types of ideals lead to complete control of the masses, whether it be public-private partnership (Fascism/Socialism) to complete Governmental/Federal control (Communism/Totalitarianism). This is typical of Hollywood though, just like Hunger Games and other dystopian futuristic films, Republicans BAD Democrats GOOD. Whatever, I just hope people can read between the lines and think for themselves.
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Stanley K. Taub ProductionsReviewed in the United States on July 26, 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
A FILM WITHOUT AN ENDING THAT MAKES NO SENSE.
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THIS FILM HAS A STORY THAT IS BARBARIC AT THE CORE, WHERE INTELLIGENCE TESTS DETERMINE WHO WILL LIVE OR DIE. IF YOU PASS YOU LIVE, IF YOU FAIL YOU DIE. IN THIS STORY APPARENTLY MANY OF THOSE WHO PASSED WITH HIGH SCORES WERE ALSO FOUND TO BE INCLUDED IN THE NO PASS GROUP, THAT IS THE SCANDAL WHICH IS UNCOVERED BUT WHO IS RESPONSIBLE IS NOT REVEALED. BUT THE REAL AND HIGHER ISSUE, THE EXTERMINATION OF INNOCENT NORMAL TEENAGERS EAR MARKED FOR DEATH BECAUSE THEY FAILED AN INTELLIGENCE TEST IS COMPLETELY BY PASSED THE ABHORRENCE OF THIS IDEA IS TOTALLY IGNORED AND THE ENDING COMPLETELY UNRESOLVED THERE IS A SCENE AT THE END WHERE MEDICAL PACKS ARE BEING PREPARED FOR WHAT WE DON'T KNOW AND THE PROTAGONIST OF THE FILM A DRUGGED STUDENT ON THE WAY TO HIS DEATH SEES HIS GIRL FRIEND HANDLING THE PACKS, TO WHAT END? YOUR GUESS IS AS GOOD AS MINE. THIS FILM IS IN A REAL SENSE FASCISTIC. ALMOST A PARODY OF WHAT THE TEXAS REPUBLICAN GOVERNOR AND HIS REPUBLICAN SENATORS ARE TRYING TO DO IN 2021, TO RESTRICT THE VOTING RIGHTS OF ITS CITIZENS
STAN TAUB, REVIEWER
Sea Shell PointeReviewed in the United States on May 31, 2017
4.0 out of 5 stars
Do the smart ones survive?
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I had no idea what to expect when I rented this film. I am glad I did.

The Thinning starts off a little like a dystopian television show. The camera used and feel of lighting, quickness of editing, and shots scream television.

At first, I thought I was in for a cheesy ride, but I was wrong.

The scriptwriter dials up the deepness of the plot roughly a third of the way in. Small details shown early come back later. As the tension raises, it feels more an more like watching a film. The tension was good. The suspense and pacing (and yes, editing) for those moments were just right. You felt for the characters. The leads did an outstanding job--especially with the most intensive scenes.

And then the ending. What an outstanding ending. I won't spoil it here.

All in all, the storyline reminds me of what was great about 1970's science-fiction dystopian stories. There are many conflicts here: a Geniocracy rules, global warming had struck, and the population must be thinned by intelligence through standardized testing.

It takes place in Austin, but I really didn't see much Texas notes besides the Governor's mansion. Maybe I missed something.

Another good point was that the Thinning is a clean film (sexually). While sex is quickly implied for plot purposes, you're not watching naked scenes. That alone is a +1 in my book.
6 people found this helpful
AshleyReviewed in the United States on November 16, 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
Only watch to laugh, it doesn't even take itself seriously
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For a moment I thought this was an interesting/scary plot for a movie. However, the execution and acting were laughable. Had this premise been in the hands of the right director/producer and replaced some acting appearances, it could have had potential.

Instead, Logan Paul basically plays himself. A full of himself super douche. A super douche who, is (of course) the son of the Governor, and is 'too cool' to remember the other main characters name. Not once, but twice. Yet somehow he knows enough about her to know she was selling high-tech contacts to help people cheat on the standardized tests. He also very rudely talks down to her about it, but quite literally asked for one the year prior.

The entire story line is choppy and disconnected; so many rushed base story lines and yet it somehow feels drawn out and tiresome by the end. It feels like a poorly quilted together story between any characters and as predictable as a Disney channel movie. The convenience of events that continuously lead to save the other main characters life is embarrassing. It's impossible to be "on the edge of your seat" when a movie makes it clear its main goal is to save the main girl. It became a game of "what insanely well-placed convenient timing".

Unless your a YouTube movie reviewer looking for something dumb and eye-rolling to review, I highly suggest not wasting time your time trying to overlook Logan Paul attempting to act.
Sierra M.Reviewed in the United States on January 4, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Love this movie
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I love this movie and thought it was sooo good. It scared me at some points (not a bad thing) and was so interesting. Once I started I had to finish the whole movie. My life went on pause while I was watching this! I would definitely recommend
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