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Black Butterfly

By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Well-cast thriller entertains, despite violence, language.

Movie R 2017 93 minutes
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Thanks to smart casting and fine use of chilly, damp mountain locations, this "B"-level thriller packs enough of a punch -- and has enough surprises up its sleeve -- to make it worth a look. Director Brian Goodman normally works as an actor, and he displays good actorly instincts in choosing Banderas and Meyers for his film. The two stars bring a fresh angle, a little something different, to familiar roles. (Perabo is on screen less, but she's also delightful and effective in her scenes.)

Most of Black Butterfly (the title comes from a tattoo on one character's back) hinges on the way that Jack and Paul interact with one another, and they create an effective electricity, slowly escalating the tension in their scenes. The vivid atmosphere and the look and layout of the mountain cabin are also key. The screenplay by Marc Frydman and Justin Stanley -- based on a 2008 French-language movie -- isn't entirely predictable, which is always a good thing. Even as it unleashes twist after twist, the film's tone remains minimalist and appealingly simple, rather than outrageous or ridiculous.

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