Bad Country (2014)

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Bad Country: Directed by Chris Brinker. With Matt Dillon, Willem Dafoe, Neal McDonough, Amy Smart. In 1980s Louisiana a police detective arrests a contract killer. To be with his wife and newborn, he becomes an informant and assists in taking down the crime ring boss etc. FBI, blood and revenge follows.

“Bad Country is watchable with some real heavyweight talent and a setting that promises great viewing. But, because of poor character development and overall production it falls far short of anything but average.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eNo blame to Matt Dillon or Willem Dafoe, both carrying the movie with excellent performances. In fact, Dillonu0026#39;s involvement in almost any project automatically guarantees reliable entertainment. And Dafoe is as gritty and pained as usual, just what you might expect.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eBut, the script is shallow, the sound editing amateurish, and the overall cinematography average. The final, expected scene canu0026#39;t be saved by the actors when all the technical facets pull together in a below average manner.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eThis could have been much better. So many elements are in place that Bad Country practically screams for the sort of polish and technique the cast deserves. I have no doubt that in the hands of Mann or Bay demands would have been made and ideas enforced to carry this movie to the box office with some real effect. As it is, by the end I could only wonder what could have been.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eWatch it, but donu0026#39;t expect much.”

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