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Review: Squatters

Billed as a “multi-levelled story with tension and twists at all turns”, Squatters is a debut feature from actor-come-writer Justin Shilton. Set in southern California, Squatters begins by showing the perspective of Jonas (Thomas Dekker) and Kelly (Gabriella Wilde), two grimy young homeless teens.

Opening scenes of Kelly and Jonas fretting over scoring weed, rooting through dumpsters and shop-lifting are supposed to elicit sympathy but do little to arouse any form of empathy for lead characters’ situations – especially after the self-indulgent slowed-down beach party scene. “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure my friend – especially if that man is a rich prick,” jeers Jonas, again doing little to improve his likability.

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