Review – The Thinning (2016)


the-thinning-dom-ytothethinningverticalen2880x1200065v1datergbjpgYouTube Red is still in its early stages, so there’s not a ton of original content out there, but you’ll soon notice that their numbers are indeed growing exponentially. I’ve wanted to watch one of their programs for a while to see if they are legitimately any good as far as TV shows go, or as movies go. YouTube Red in itself, costs more than Netflix or Hulu, so the real question is…why. Sure, it does extra things like, get rid of commercials and it also allows you to listen to the videos in the background…which again…why? So I still have a hard time validating the cost of YouTube Red, but what about the content? To answer that, I watched their newest original film, The Thinning. How did they do?

Well, this film is a post-apocalyptic thriller that has the likeness of any good young-adult thriller like The Hunger Games or perhaps even Divergent. It’s about killing off kids, but why? Well, the U.N. decided that its growing overpopulation problem needed to be dealt with, so they told each nation to figure out how to decrease 5% of the population. Other nations would kill off old folks, some would change their birthing plans to only one child allowed, and the United States decided their method would to give kids from first to twelfth grade an aptitude test, and the dumbest students are killed off in what they deem “The Thinning”. When a couple of students get wind that the results are sometimes rigged, they go deep to find out how to stop it.

First of all, let’s talk logistics. This movie isn’t as believable as other young-adult thrillers like it because its foundation is the part that doesn’t make sense. Why would you kill off innocent kids…I mean, even down to first grade, to lower the population rates? Other nations are killing old people anyway, why wouldn’t the US? Why not just hold a Hunger Games…I kid, I kid. That being said, no matter how realistic it is, it still chills you to the bone because the idea alone is revolting, and you cannot stop watching. You want to see what will happen. In fact, the more the film plays out, the more political the roots become.


The entire idea of the system being rigged to keep the popular alive and maybe kill off the rebellions is exactly where we are as a society. The rich aren’t imprisoned, the celebrities do whatever they want, and the whistleblowers trying to do the right thing are expelled from the country. It’s almost satirical in that light, but at the same time – the same system is happening in our schools today. Dumb jocks are given scholarships and end up being among the richest in the nation, and straight A students who get a bachelor’s, even a master’s degree in college are a part of the middle class struggling to make ends meet.

As a movie, The Thinning did a pretty good job creating mystery and suspense from beginning to end, and when it finally ends, you want a sequel…which in my book, is exactly how a movie like this should be. Sure, there were certain parts here and there where you can tell it didn’t have the biggest budget and maybe it felt like a Youtube video, but the good part there is…it is YouTube. I think it could benefit from another movie and I hope to see this story advance.

RATING: 7.6/10


9 thoughts on “Review – The Thinning (2016)

  1. Hmm.. Sounds pretty alright! Great review! We don’t have Youtube Red in Canada yet so yeah..haha! Your reviews are all I got! And I’m not entirely convinced of this Youtube Red idea. But hopefully Canada will get access by the time Corridor Digital releases their Youtube Red project.

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  2. Very well done; although similar to classic YA fiction like Divergent, The Giver, and Hunger Games, this movie hits a bit closer to home. It touches on current political topics like making America great again- no matter the cost (Trump), government corruption and distrust (Clinton), and the power of media. While the plot is completely unrealistic, the undertones are sure to make you think.

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  3. I didn’t fall in love with this one. I understand what it tries to do, and the character motivations are done very well but the sheer incompetence of the school makes their security detail look like a prologue Metal Gear Solid mission played on the lowest difficulty. It makes it difficult to believe that the Thinnings usually go off without a hitch.


  4. Its a basic’ movie but had its interesting points, basically America is cheating the UN’s population cull by not executing the fails as agreed, but rather turning them into slaves.

    The whole idea of killing kids chilled me to the bone and it was somewhat of a relief that they weren’t dying after all.

    America played it openly they were proudly ‘thinning’ but they couldn’t kill their own children when it came down to it so a sneaky alternative was worked.

    The governor knew this which is why he was able to be so ‘patriotic’ re his sons death.

    After the main climax I was grossed out that the ‘Thinning’ would continue as normal as I expected the macabre ‘test’ and the thinning would be scrapped in favor of a better system as a result of the events.

    So the movie worked in the sense it revealed that the disgusting holocaust on kids WASN’T being played but underachievers were actually allowed to live albeit by way of performing menial tasks as slaves – literally better than death though.

    I enjoyed it for what it was.


    • Hi. I would have to disagree with your last statement saying that being a slave would literally be better than death. Many people value length of life over quality of life, but working in the hospital, I see things much differently. I see people suffer and because their families do not want to let them go, the patient ends up with a tracheostomy and feeding tube and is moved to a long-term acute care center where they spend the rest of their life lying alone in a bed. They may get some interaction when nursing assistants go bathe them or turn them, but most are there suffering. It is very sad and I would not want to live that way, just like I would not like to live as a slave, especially without family.


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