- 130 mins
- English (subtitles)
Official Selection: Opening Film, New York Asian Film Festival 2017
“A flashy, nail-biting multiple-choice thriller” - Kong Rithdee, BANGKOK POST
For most young people wrapping up their high-school years, final exams are a nightmare of stress and anxiety. Not so brilliant young Lynn, whose knack for complex mathematics is immediately evident to anyone. Lynn can certainly do the math, and frankly, it doesn’t look great for her family’s finances – which leads her to bend the rules, just a bit, and help out a friend struggling with her grades. This leads to her pool of “clients” expanding, and her tricky techniques becoming ever more complex. But the big score she lines up might be a miscalculation. Lyn will have to rely on subtle deceit, precision timing, travel to another time zone – and the help of equally brilliant Bank, who utterly despises cheaters.
BAD GENIUS is on its way to being one of the hot topics in global cinema this year, and it didn’t get there by cheating. Based on actual events, Thai writer-director Nattawut Poonpiriya's second feature follows the harsh tokes of his party-kids-in-peril debut, 2012’s COUNTDOWN, with something a lot less violent – but just as intense. In fact, there are plenty of action thrillers that can’t match BAD GENIUS for moral challenge and outright, heart-stopping suspense. Poonpiriya displays a mastery of timing and an incredibly effective attention to telling detail, while lead actress Chutimon Chuengcharoensukying, a screen newbie who is already snagging awards, nails it all down as a bright young lady who does the wrong things – in just the right way.
- Rupert Bottenberg