We know that we should not be reviewing film trailers, but if this is what we can expect from YouTube in their bid at legitimacy in the film production space currently occupied by streamers such as Netflix and Amazon, then they have a long way to go.
Co-written and Directed by Maryam Keshavarz, Viper Club stars Susan Sarandon (hamming it up deluxe if this footage is anything to go by) as an everyday mom whose war correspondent son has been taken hostage in the Middle East. Matt Bomer and Edie Falco co-star.
Viper Club is being released in US cinemas in October through Roadside Attractions, and in January on YouTube Premium.
Kudos for supporting original drama, and it’s nice to see straight-to-DVD fare find a home online, but will this subject matter and level of production really resonate with the game cheat, unwrapping, music playlist and cat video audience that must make up 50% of YouTube’s users? OK, we concede, maybe the latter…