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The performances transcend the film's tropes, grounding it in characters that feel more complete than this subgenre often produces.
This is one of the few movies I've ever seen where the whole audience broke into spontaneous, loud applause a third of the way in.
It's the kind of movie you'll want to see a second time with someone who hasn't seen it yet, to remember what it was like to watch it for the first time.
6/4/18. Another cliched movie about a cop trying to turn things around in his private and professional life. If you like Hawkes, then catch it, but it's not like you haven't seen this story before.
To the few reviewers who gave this a low score, the only thing that impresses you is yourself. After a few minutes I almost didn't continue watching this movie, considering the sad sack main character, but I am SO glad I did! It's a dark comedy and a who-done-it, populated with some great performances, especially John Hawkes, whom I was unfamiliar with, and including Robert Forster, Clifton Collins Jr. and Anthony Anderson. Considering the vast amount of garbage available to watch, don't miss this film, watch it! You'll be glad you did!
I wasn't expecting a kick ass movie, but that is what I got!!! John Hawkes plays an ex cop, Mike, ex cop because he was slightly lit during a simple traffic stop that went way out of hand and included the deaths of three people, one being his partner. Mike has been trying to get back on the force however that's not gonna happen, especially when you wake up each morning not knowing where the hell you are. And its on one of these mornings that Mike wakes up in a field, finds his car, and on the way home discovers a dying woman on the side of the road, after taking her to the hospital, she still dies tho, and left her cell phone in his car, which of course he goes through... and through the skills he learned with the force, he thinks he can solve this crime, one beer at a time. He creates a new name for himself and calls himself a private eye, and jumps right on in too the case, which involves the rich, hit-men, and prostitutes and pimps with hearts. It really was a cool crime thriller... my guess if it was made in the 70's, Steve McQueen would've been cast as Mike. Great supporting cast, Anthony Anderson, Clifton Collins Jr, Octavia Spencer and Robert Forster pops up as Mike's financial supporter and sniper!! Awesome flick, check it out!! Filmbufftim on FB.
This was far better than I expected - didn't know what to expect.
May be it has the usual ingredients but they all flow along nicely.I didn't know a single actor but so what - I enjoyed this movie.
Not far out tarantesque but all the more credible for it.