YouTube is really stepping their game up with original movies. Their Premium service (formerly YouTube Red) once offered low-budget horror movies starring YouTube personalities. Now they're lining up award-winning actors for a serious drama.
In Viper Club, Oscar winner Susan Sarandon plays Helen, a woman whose adult son is kidnapped in Syria. With the ongoing civil war and refusal to negotiate with terrorists, the State Department offers her no help.
That's when she turns to Sam (Matt Bomer), who offers her access to an exclusive network of wealthy donors, through which she can raise the $20 million ransom and then back-channel it into Syria to get her son back. But she's putting her life and the life of everyone who helps her at risk, since they'd still be giving money to terrorists. Faced with impossible choices, Helen will have to decide if this is the only way to save her son, or if she'll take more drastic action.
Directed by Maryam Keshavarz (the Iranian coming-of-age drama Circumstance), the film will have a limited release on October 26 and hit YouTube the same day.