Small Town Crime

Mike Kendall, a disgraced ex-cop, is fighting a losing battle with the bottle. When he finds a woman left for dead at the side of a road, Kendall turns private eye to track down her killers, taking one last shot at redemption.


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  • ★★★★ review by WraithApe on Letterboxd

    A crime thriller from filmmaker brothers Eshom and Ian Nelms, centred around an alcoholic ex-cop (played to perfection by John Hawkes), who stumbles across a new trail and can't give up the scent, becoming embroiled in a seedy affair that shouldn't concern him.

    It doesn't really break any new ground - there's shades of the Coens and early Tarantino in there - but also never puts a foot wrong: tightly scripted and well acted throughout, with a great eye for detail and enough of its own identity to stand out from the crowd. It's by turns funny and dark, but the shifts of tone are all expertly judged and as with watching a Coens film, you always feel you're in safe hands.

  • ★★★★ review by collin on Letterboxd


    From the writer/director duo of two films I've never heard of, (Waffle Street and Lost on Purpose) Eshom and Ian Nelms have crafted a solid gritty and worthy addition to the noir private detective genre. John Hawkes absolutely crushes it here as Mike Kendall, an ex-cop and an alcoholic who stumbles upon the body of a young woman on the side of the road. Propelling him on a journey to bring the law into his own hands and find the killer to deliver justice himself.

    When we first meet Mike he is at rock bottom. Through the course of the film his path of redemption becomes more apparent and with every new clue his need for alcohol becomes more and more non-existent. Anthony Andersom and Octavia Spencer give great performances as well. Robert Forster is excellent as always. The cinematography is fantastic and the action is surprisingly intense and realistic. It's balanced with some genuinely comedic moments as well so the tone never becomes bleak or depressing even if the subject matter is.

    This film is really going over people's radar. It's already on Blu-ray and VOD. Worth a watch.

  • ★★★★½ review by Mumbles on Letterboxd

    A great companion piece to John Hawkes other neo-noir film Too Late. I am a sucker for this kind of film and of The Hawkes himself. Will be great to see a third film manifest itself to round proceedings off.

  • ★★★½ review by Brian Tallerico on Letterboxd

    Put John Hawkes in more movies (or a TV show...this would work well as a TV show).

  • ★★★★½ review by Cogerson on Letterboxd

    Loved this movie....has a great chance to be one of the Top 10 movies I see in 2018. In this alcoholic ex-cop (John Hawkes) finds the body of a young woman and, through an act of self-redemption, becomes hell-bent on finding the killer but unwittingly puts his friends in danger .

    Many times this seemed like a R rated episode of James Garner's The Rockford Files.....and I mean that in the best way. Hawkes is awesome as the ex-cop turned detective. Almost every role in the movie is memorable....and the thespians in those supporting roles shine. Special kudos to Robert Forster, Anthony Anderson, Clifton Collins, Jr., and Octavia Spencer (small small part).

    I loved how the story unfolded...loved the conclusion......loved his car.....loved the humor.....loved the action. I simply loved this movie....the rare movie that really moved me. Final thought: Check this one out!

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