Every hitman or assassin in a movie has to have some kind of shtick, much like how a car salesperson or real estate agent will take on some eye-catching affectation like a fun bowtie or fun accent. Anton Yelchin plays some kind of professional killer in this trailer for Cory Finley’s Thoroughbreds, and his shtick seems to be that he acts like Anton Yelchin—which is fine, because Anton Yelchin was great. He’s just a supporting player in this, though, and the real story revolves around Olivia Cooke and Anya Taylor-Joy, a pair of teenage best friends who seem a bit spooky thanks to the fact that one of them is a bubbling pit of rage and the other is totally emotionless.
Perhaps the most important thing about this trailer, though, is that it quotes The A.V. Club’s own A.A. Dowd, who referred to Thoroughbreds as “superbly unpredictable” and “a razor-witted black comedy.” In a separate take—one that does not appear in this trailer—The A.V. Club’s own Katie Rife said that the movie pulls off “the tricky feat of keeping the audience engaged with very disengaged characters.”
You can write your own pull quote once the movie hits theaters on March 9, 2018.