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Bad Turn Worse

By Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Gritty Texas crime story has violence, language.

Movie NR 2014 92 minutes
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Feeling like a forgotten offspring of Blood Simple and Reservoir Dogs, BAD TURN WORSE is an above average crime tale. It begins over breakfast with a discussion of biscuits and gravy and Jim Thompson novels. Then, throughout the movie, the characters sink their teeth into some spicy, curly dialogue, especially the veteran criminals. In one memorable scene, Bobby goes to the police, and the corrupt sheriff (Jon Gries) lets loose with a twisty, sinister selection of words that tells Bobby to keep his trap shut.

Brothers/co-directors Simon and Zeke Hawkins give the movie a potent small-town feel, with big skies and sun-cooked air. Everything feels lived-in -- or, more appropriately, stuck. The younger characters haven't yet learned the cynicism of the older characters. But unfortunately, a plot twist toward the end feels a bit too abrupt. It leads to a rushed conclusion and the feeling that BAD TURN WORSE is less a striking debut than just entertaining pulp.

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