Starring Emma Roberts, Paradise Hills is set in a dystopian future where the world has been separated by money. There are the Uppers, who are generally very, very wealthy, and the Lowers, who are still moderately well off. Then there is everybody else.
Uma is an Upper. However, her father died a disgraced businessman and the family lost their fortune. Their only shot at getting back up the ladder of society is for Uma to marry Son. Son is the sociopath who plotted her father's downfall but he's rich so that's all that matters. Except to Uma, who hates him and refuses to marry him. And that's when she wakes up at Paradise Hills, a behavioural modification centre for women who have displeased their families.
The idea is that over two months of treatment, Uma will come to see the error of her ways. She will embrace Son and her future life as his wife and all will be right with the world again. Alongside Uma are Chloe (Danielle Macdonald) and Yu (Awkwafina) both of whom also need to undergo treatment for their rebellious ways. And leading the therapy, hoping to convert them all is The Duchess (Milla Jovovich). With her dulcet tones and reasonable rational, it is her job to transform these girls. And she hasn't failed yet.
But, as you would expect from a decent sci-fi thriller, there is more going on than meets the eye at Paradise Hills. Set in the middle of the ocean, this seemingly idyllic reform school alters young girls permanently. So how do they do it? You'll have to watch to find out. No spoilers here but suffice to say that getting out is a lot more difficult than getting in.
Overall Paradise Hills is a decent watch even if it did completely bomb at the box office. The plot of bending girls at will to turn them into perfect objects is interesting. So too is the fight they put up to stop it. Visually it is beautiful but that said, as thrillers go, it wasn't particularly exciting. And I wish there had been a better ending.