Immediately thereafter, Mike falls headfirst into a conspiracy of pimps, wealthy brokers, and rural assassins. He is often a buffoon, and rarely has a major story arc. Given its noir tone, the atmosphere is appropriately bleak, but the film never wallows in its seedy surroundings. Denton is surprised when she reveals herself to be Coakley's daughter and intentionally bloodies herself. Thankfully, the creators of Small Town Crime, Ian and Eshom Nelms, understand that about those B-movie westerns and its use of drunks because their feature film, released by Saban Films, is one hell of a sobering ride through a perfect potboiler by way of the western as experienced by yet another drunk that could have been a sidekick. The protagonist, Walter Peter Stormare , is a stocky, middle-aged policeman whose violent past has made him a local pariah.
Denton encounters Boyd again at a diner, and the two soon begin dating. Thriller Directed by Eshom Nelms Starring Clifton Collins Jr. When it ends after 76 minutes, you are left wishing it had included Walter's back story and had offered a more detailed picture of the town. The film premiered at the on September 14, 2010. The camera lingers on him as he downs his drink. The film is written by Gass-Donnelly, produced by Gass-Donnelly and Lee Kim, and stars , , and. While most functional adults would jump at the second chance Boyd is providing, Debbie becomes enraged and refuses anything less than a fat check.
It sure would be nice if a filmmaker could actually come up with a consistently good hard-boiled vehicle for. Small Town Crime 91 mins Rated R for strong violence, language and some sexual references. Like I said, tricksy, but sometimes compelling, because Hawkes himself is compelling. Driven by jealousy, Rooster kills Toni and is killed by Coakley in return. Instead, he bribes Toni, a prostitute Coakley has been seeing, into secretly recording him.
Denton smoothly thanks her for her work and leaves the house, where he encounters Vassey's sadistic son, Junior. It is the town's first murder in decades. Everyone is so restrained, their turmoil buried so deep, that the depth of what they're feeling has to be excavated from what's left unsaid. At his house, Vassey denies the rumors. The score, by Chris Westlake, sounds rather like a tribute to Stephen J. In Small Town Crime, Hawkes is simply a delight. Krause is fantastic at imbuing Debbie with palpable internal motivation to uproot herself out of hardship.
When they disbelieve his lies, Denton angrily accuses them of having no faith in his redemption. After Denton is questioned by the police, Coakley admits the evidence backs up his story and reluctantly asks if Denton wants to press charges. The already dense ambience gets progressively heavier as the investigation continues, with Gass-Donnelly keeping a tight grip on the artful compositions. Parts of Michigan might be well behind the times, but a Millennial P. And he does it well. He usually stumbles through the film, cracking wise and lightening the mood. Small Town Crime may not rise to the level of a diamond in the rough, but it comes close.
Kendell speeds through town in a steady black Chevy Nova and, without a thought to his mortality, crashes through his own fence and, later, wakes up in open fields, completely hungover, with the car parked only a few feet away. Denton and Scotty kill Junior and his thugs, but Scotty is shot. Walter's newfound equilibrium is put to the test when the body of a young woman is found near a lake. Hawkes is a whippet-thin man with dark hair that sometime flops over his forehead, the better to frame a hawk-like nose. Hawkes makes this implausible character not only credible but also strangely ingratiating.
Steve lacks the cerebral or social skills to make an honest living, preferring to cling onto Debbie to validate his backwater existence. Miserable, broke, bills well past due, Debbie is hobbling into her thirties on the brink of poverty. However, as filmmakers, the Nelms lack the confidence or style of those directors. Frustrated with his suspicious behavior, Denton's parents demand explanations. The reporting the discovery is quickly traced to Rita, who lies to the police when questioned and insists that her new lover, Steve Stephen Eric McIntyre , was with her on the evening of the crime.
The tension instead focuses on whether Stormare will be able to rein himself in when the investigation inexorably pulls him toward his old life. He is what he is and — currently without a badge — all he can be is a drunk. Monterey Media is set to release the film on on July 19, 2011. Instead, it seems weary and defeated, as if some people are simply born to fail. But, on one of these head-clouded mornings, Kendell awakes to discover a mutilated female body along the side of the highway. Pleasant explains Vassey's guilty conscience may lead him to confess to Coakley. If you enjoy watching a top-notch cast deliver a solid, but familiar, tale of corruption and redemption, you will find a great deal to like here.
But as strong as those visuals are, what really ends up lingering long after the lights come up, is that of a soundtrack, its fire-and-brimstone, gothic-tinged take on traditional and original packing an unsettling, pious punch. In one hilarious scene, Mike chugs a large cup of coffee while he listens to the details of a murder case. Denton researches his ex-wife on the internet, eventually digging up a phone number. She rated the film a C-. It could be argued that those drunks — those sidekicks — are far more interesting than the hero of the flick.