- Pop 2018
Matt Hartley (executive), Arpine Nazaryan (executive) for Castle in the Sky Productions
directed by Matt Hartley
starring Cary Mark, Marley Frank, Scotty Philip, Chance Caeden, Matthew Crowley, Tom Alper, David Solesbee, Mann Alfonso, Mark Anthony Collins jr, Toby Guebert, Gregory Gordon, Ara Nazaryan, Dave Faulkner, Steve McEvers, Sean Dunn Reynolds
written by Matt Hartley, music by Blacksona
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Darwin (Cary Mark) and Christine (Marley Frank) fall in love at their
first date, each drawn to the other's unconventiality (even if Darwin is
working a desk job) and outlook at life. Also, they find many similarities
in their biographies, down to sexual abuse in their childhood. It's not
long before Christine moves in with Darwin, too. Thing is, Christine's far
from the perfect woman (not that she ever claimed to be), and her
alcoholism by the by causes tensions - up to the point where they have a
massive row, and she runs away, carrying a steak knife just to make sure
he doesn't follow. The next day, she's found dead, stabbed by that exact
steak knife, and Darwin of course is the logical suspect and is soon
apprehended, and with all the circumstantial evidence gathered against
him, it's soon an open and shut case for the police. His lawyer (Steve
McEvers) gets him out on bail though as Darwin wants to start his own
investigations - thing is, the things he finds during his investigations
don't necessarily correspond with his memories and shine a new light on
the case - and a very unpleasant one for Darwin ...
a movie that's anything but predictable - literally everything that has
been built up in the first half of the film is shattered in the second,
but thanks to very clever storytelling it's shattered in such a way that
it still makes perfect sense - just not the sense one expected it to. And
a slick directorial effort that knows when to hold back and when to go for
suspense and shock, and a couple of very relatable leads really make this
into one strong thriller/psycho drama that's well worth a look - or even
two to get all the little details.