The Drowning, Available To Stream June 1st

Paladin and Electric Entertainment announce their release of Bette Gordon’s psychological thriller, The Drowning, A Film Community production opening theatrically May 10th, 2017. Based on Border Crossing, the controversial novel about violence in children by noted Booker Prize-winning author Pat Barker. The Drowning was adapted for the screen by Stephen Molton and House of Cards showrunner Frank Pugliese and stars Julia Stiles, Josh Charles, Avan Jogia, Tracie Thoms and Leo Fitzpatrick.

The Drowning is the story of a forensic psychologist who is haunted by his expert witness testimony that sent a young boy to prison for a chilling murder. When the boy later reappears in his life, he is drawn into a destructive, soul-searching reinvestigation of the case. An erotic thriller with no let up in tension, The Drowningcelebrates the genre with electrifying performances. Complex, riveting and unafraid to tread deep, murky psychological waters, this is a story of shifting identities that will keep you guessing until the very end.

In 2013, ABC Family premiered a show called Twisted, starring Avan Jogia, as a “teen with a troubled past.” The show only lasted one season, but I was a big fan of it. The Drowning features Jogia in a surprisingly similar role, as a young adult who went to jail for murder at the age of 11, and who recently was released from prison. I almost didn’t recognize him in the role at first, actually, but when I looked up the movie on IMDb when I started watching it, I immediately figured out who he was.


While The Drowning has a great cast, including Jogia, Josh Charles, Julia Stiles, Tracie Thoms, John C. McGinley (aka Dr. Cox from Scrubs) and more, it focuses mostly on Jogia and Charles’s characters (Danny and Tom, respectively); everyone else is mostly background noise. I would have liked to have seen more of Stiles and Thoms – I used to like Thoms on TV’s Cold Case, and I’m a huge fan of all of the ’90s teen movies that Stiles was in.


The film is unfortunately very slow, and I’m not a fan of slow movies. It’s definitely a psychological thriller type of movie, but it was unable to capture my attention until the last few scenes. While the movie didn’t captivate me the way Twisted used to, the ending was very good, although ambiguous; it leaves the audience wondering exactly how much Danny was toying with Tom (how much of it was real, and how much was just Danny trying to mess with Tom’s head).
Tom makes a decision at the end which is startling, too, but the film ends abruptly after that, so we never get to see the fallout from his decision, if there is any.
If you like slow-paced psychological thrillers, you might like The Drowning; however, for the most part, it failed to keep my attention throughout.


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The Drowning will be released on iTunes on June 1st.
2.5 stars out of 5.

Liz Parker is the owner and founder of Yes/No Films, which will soon become Yes/No Detroit, and Books I Think You Should Read. She works full-time as an editor for a snack food magazine, and when she’s not reading or seeing movies, you can find her at bar trivia or binging her favorite TV shows. She can be reached at or @yesnodetroit.


  1. rochelle haynes says:

    Love to see this looking good

  2. Cynthia R says:

    I almost didn’t recognize Julia Stiles. Like you if it’s so slow it doesn’t capture my attention, I’m not sure if I’ll be able to hang in and enjoy this movie. I might give it a try though.

  3. Marti Tabora says:

    This will definitely be a good one, I’m excited for to see it. Thanks for sharing.

  4. I like many of the actors in this movie. Josh Charles and Julia Stiles are typically quite good in whatever they do. I love him in Kimmy Schimdt! But the fact that you mention it’s slow really has me wondering if I’d have the patience to stick with it.

  5. I love Julia Stiles and miss seeing her in movies! This is the first time I have heard of this release. Will be adding it to our movie list for the weekends! 🙂 Thank you for the great review.

  6. I love Julia Stiles and I cannot wait to have some free time to watch this. It looks very entertaining and also like a good drama to watch.I will watch it with caution as I read your review, but I am still excited about it.

  7. Chantal says:

    I love the actors so I was already liking the idea of this movie before watching the trailer. I watched the trailer and was really pulled in by it but later saw where you wrote that it was a pretty slow movie. Since I liked the trailer I think I will give it a try, and keep in mind that it gets better as it goes.

  8. Lisa says:

    Sounds like a good film, but I am like you. I do not like slow movies. But, if it has Julia Stiles, you better believe I will watch it. Love her!

  9. Ali Rost says:

    I’m a huge fan of stories like The Drowning. Whether they’re in book or movie form, there’s nothing like a thriller that keeps me hooked. It’s a bummer that it’s a bit slow for most of it, but hopefully the characters are interesting enough to keep going. We’ll definitely be adding this one to our date night in movie list! x

  10. I love Julia Stiles! where in the world has she been? I dont really mind a slow movie if there is some sort of action, But as I typed that Im questioning whether or not that means I don’t like slow movies? Thanks for being honest in your review.

  11. The one-liner for this movie has me eager to watch it. I enjoy almost everything Julie Stiles has played, so that’s another plus. I am adding it to my favorites list right now.

  12. Rosie says:

    Thanks for the honest review. It still sounds like a good movie, I’d like to see it!

  13. this included in my list of movies to watch

  14. Janet W. says:

    I haven’t heard of this movie but it sounds thrilling! I’ll have to check it out!