The Thinning

2017 • 83 minutes
2.66K reviews
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In the near future, every nation in the world has to eliminate 5% of their population, as mandated by the United Nations. The United States chose THE THINNING -- the act of eliminating students in every grade who scores a C or lower. Schools annually go under a lock-down procedure in which all students take a standardized test. The Thinning became the prevailing method in the United States as it was heavily backed by powerful political figures. The PR spin that helped to sell most civilians is that it "Keeps America competitive and ahead in Innovation".

Blake, 17, finds himself at odds with the status quo. The son of a powerful Governor, Blake intends to send a message to the country by purposefully failing his final exam and being sent to the thinning. Blake's father Dean, 42, is a staunch supporter of the Thinning and will do whatever it takes to defend it… even having his son’s failed exam switched with another student’s passing exam.

Laina, 17, a diligent, hard-working student, has worked her entire life to be the best in her class. Laina is rattled to find out that she did not make the grade and will be sent to the thinning, leaving her two younger siblings behind. Unwilling to die unjustly, Laina escapes the shackles of euthanasia to prove her own innocence and vows to uncover the truth.

Once Blake purposefully fails the test but finds out he has passed, he and Laina begin to investigate and uncover an elaborate conspiracy behind the scenes of the government and the entire thinning program.
2.66K reviews
T Gauntlett
June 15, 2017
Trashy rip off of the Hunger Games made for anti-vaxxers and conspiracy theory wing nuts paranoid about 'big government'. Poor acting, over the top melodrama, and a sincerely misdirected belief in the powers of the UN (are you serious? The UN is a toothless joke, it's been years since the US have paid their dues to it, no one cares about its resolutions and Saudi Arabia have been granted the women's rights commission by it). The makers of this movie need to take a History lesson. Or maybe read a book. There's a first time for everything, so we can hope. Some acting and scripting lessons wouldn't hurt either. Avoid.
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Zac Harrold
January 13, 2018
Even before the male lead's controversial video tackling suicide, this was a bad movie exactly on par with what a bad "YouTuber" would make if given Google's budget. At least Justin Bieber can sing, this is just sad.
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September 17, 2017
That was WAIST of money. They rushed the whole movie, and kept skipping the time. They could've made it longer and better to watch, and they also need to put more suspense into the movie. The reason why I rated this movie one star, is because they rushed it, and the movie didn't make much sense. Also, when they switched the scenes, it is almost a different place every time.
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