At the urging of his ex-girlfriend, Sonny (Elisabeth Shue), who has been diagnosed with terminal cancer, high school janitor Don McKay (Thomas Haden Church) returns to his hometown for the first time in 25 years and finds himself ensnared in a web of conspiracy, deception and murder. Melissa Leo (Frozen River), Keith David and M. Emmet Walsh also star in this indie thriller from first-time director Jake Goldberger.
4 out of 10
This is a movie with a great cast, excellent acting, a music score that turns your stomach with suspense, a director who uses the lens with forethought and grace, making scenes dark and sinister with anticipation. However, this movie suffers from a lousy script that keeps our interest, but only confuses and disappoints us at every turn.
Both Shue and Church are sharp and insightful in their roles. Shue’s plays her character well, who is absolutely insane, willing to sacrifice anything and anyone for money, fake illness, create detailed plots and murder. Church is stoic in his role as a quiet janitor with a questionable past who is getting swept up in a scam by his high school sweet heart he hasn’t seen since leaving town at age 18 after the death of his family in a fire.
There are some suspense-filled moments where it kept my interest, but the ending falls flatter than road kill. It didn’t care about the movie, the characters or plot.