Competent thriller, worth a watch
- Deadfall review by RP
Set in Michigan but filmed in Canada, this is a competent thriller with (mostly) competent acting and a competent storyline. The photography is excellent and the snow and blizzards make an excellent backdrop for the story.
It's about families. Baddy brother and sister (who had abusive father) have just robbed a casino. Goody Olympic silver medallist boxer, just released from prison, estranged from father but has good relationship with mother. Young woman cop, working for over-protective father, the local Sheriff. These family relationships collide as baddies on the run hit a deer, crash, and make a run for it. Sister is picked up by boxer, who takes her home for a Thanksgiving dinner. Woman cop chases baddy brother, who invades the Thanksgiving dinner before final shoot-out.
It's not bad, plenty of shooting, not too many thrills. The supporting actors include Sissy Spacek (good), Kris Kristofferson (wooden), Treat Williams (wooden) but the main parts are OK considering that the men are respectively Aussie and Brit. Unfortunately the family relationship thing gets in the way of the story and the script is a bit on the weak side. As a Brit, this thing about Thanksgiving is all a bit alien to me - and given that Thanksgiving is in November, do they really have blizzards that early? Thank goodness for a temperate climate!
A competent thriller, worth a watch. I'll give it 3/5 stars.
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