Monday, May 1, 2017

Now on Netflix: Small Crimes (2017)

Small Crimes (2017) - Directed by Evan Katz; Written by Evan Katz and Macon Blair; Starring Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Molly Parker, Gary Cole, Robert Forster, Jacki Weaver, Pat Healy.

By Kenny Howell

With the amount of stellar acting talent, Small Crimes should have worked a little better.

It isn't bad by any means, mostly because of the performances, but an exceedingly dark story is a little too touch too handle. It is caked in dirt and grime, which isn't necessarily a bad thing, it is just lacking much of a spark to pull it out of depths when it needs it.

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Game of Thrones), who is good despite maybe being a bit miscast, is Joe Denton, a former cop that is fresh off a prison sentence for attempted murder. He instantly gets himself back into trouble when he meets a girl in a bar, and is set up for a robbery.

That puts a damper on his rehabilitation, which to be honest, was most likely never going to happen. That is something his parents know as well, as they have given up on believing in their son. They welcome him in, but he has burned them too many times, and it is obvious that he isn't going to be changing that any time soon.

A former gangster, a former partner and many others assist Denton deeper and deeper into a hole from which it will almost be almost impossible to escape. The movie spirals downward, and becomes tougher to stick with as it does.

The performances are what keep it afloat, specifically that of Gary Cole (F is for Family), which doesn't get nearly enough screen time. I wish he would have a J.K. Simmons Whiplash type role that catapults him to a star, but I am happy just having him working so often. Robert Forster (Divorce) and Jacki Weaver (Stoker) are also quite good as Denton's parents, and they add a bit of gravitas to the film which needed it.

Small Crimes is now streaming on Netflix.

Rating: **1/2

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