Finn (Anton Yelchin) is all set to join his anthropologist father in South America for the summer when he has a brush with the law, and his massage therapist mother (Diane Lane) sweeps him out of the city. They escape to an estate owned by an eccentric millionaire, Mr. Osborne (Donald Sutherland). Finn immediately falls in with Osborne's grandchildren (Chris Evans, Kristen Stewart) and the maid (Paz de la Huerta). Elizabeth Perkins rounds out the cast as Osborne's daughter, a bored rich suburbanite who gets through her days drinking vodka out of soda cans to hide her addiction from people who aren't fooled. All the worries Finn and his mother had in New York vanish. But soon the idyllic compound turns from safe haven into dangerous territory, when Finn is brutally attacked and it becomes apparent to both Finn and his mother that they are pawns in a game being playing by people who are far wealthier, and odder than they ever imagined.
Fierce People marks the fourth feature film directed by Griffin Dunne. Born in New York City and raised in Los Angeles, he enjoyed great success as actor and memorably appeared in the '80s cult classics An American Werewolf in London, directed by John Landis, and the Martin Scorsese black comedy After Hours, as well as 1991's My Girl and I Like It Like That released in 1994. After directing his first short film in 1996, The Duke's Groove, which was nominated for an Oscar®, Dunne went on to direct the feature films Addicted to Love, Practical Magic, and Famous. Along with partner Amy Robinson he formed the company Double Play Productions. Their film productions include Running on Empty, White Palace, and Once Around. Most recently Dunne both produced and starred in the film Game 6, which premiered this year at Sundance.