Small Town Crime (2017)

In the vein of an old Western, this gritty mystery doesn’t pull any punches. It’s a treat to see such complex characters in a plot that doesn’t meander down gratuitous rabbit trails. Too many filmmakers think the more graphic details they include the more intense the plot will be. On the contrary: certain scenes are intense but it’s easy to lose sight of the larger story when you can’t see the forest for the trees. When an ex-cop, who’s wrestling with inner demons, stumbles upon a way to potentially redeem himself, you want to see the transformation rather than indulge the director’s latent fantasies. Especially, when he needs to figure out how to save everyone he put in danger in the first place. Actions have consequences but they don’t have to be bad; it all depends on how much you’re willing to risk to put things right.

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