Now this is a cast. As you can tell by the box art we have John Hawkes, Anthony Anderson, Octavia Spencer, Clifton Collins Jr., and The man himself Robert Forester. How do you go wrong with a cast like that? The answer is simple, you don't.
Small Town Crime Stars Hawkes as Mike Kendall. He's the town drunk, he has been for a few years now. He was a cop, but his alcohol addictions got him fired from the job. Disgraced he only got worse. He's behind on his bills and has no one in his life except his sister, and brother in law (played by Octavia Spencer and Anthony Anderson). But even they are getting tired of helping hi out at every turn in life.
One day Mike wakes up in a field after another day of drinking and he's surrounded by garbage and a woman who has been beaten beyond recognition. e takes her to the hospital, but she later dies from the injury's sustained. Its at that moment Mike decides it is his mission to find out who did this to the poor girl.
His journey to find the answers takes him into a small town underbelly of sex trafficking. He knows in his heart this was a good girl who fell into a bad life. Surrounded by tricks and pimps. The main pimp, Mood is played to perfection by Clifton Collins Jr. He also needs to question her Grandfather, a sniper wielding Robert Forester, who yes steals every scene he's in.
Mike struggles with not only the crime, but with his personal redemption as well as he tries to regain some of his past life, and what made him a good cop.
Part Tarantino, part Cohen Brothers, this film just screams not only cool, but quality filmmaking as well. From the pacing, to the score, to the lighting, and everything else in between this is a film that really needs to be seen. I cannot stress enough how well this amazing cast of characters comes together to tell this dark story of redemption.
Lionsgate put this out so we already know it looks and sounds great. And to make it even better they have included several special features
Crime and Character Feature
Devising a Small Town Crime Feature
Actor, Producer, and Directors Commentary
With fine acting, a great story, and a setting you don't see in films like this Small Town Crime is a film that should be seen by all fans of cinema
Overall 4 out of 5 Stars!