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Respite Road 

USA 2021
produced by
Mark Fogarty, Mark M. Greene, Michael A. LoCicero, Nick Mazonowicz (executive), Jan LoCicero (executive) for JL Pictures
directed by Michael A. LoCicero
starring David Pridemore, Rosanna Jimenez, Michael A. LoCicero, Sean Carmichael, Richard Donelly, Scout Lyons, Ariana Ruckle, Rich Tretheway, James Malcolm, Brinton MacFarland, Rosanna Jimenez, Alex Uriati
written by Michael A. LoCicero, music by Alex Uriati

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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After his last stint in prison, Ryan (Michael A. LoCicero) has sworn to himself to stay on the straight and narrow, get a decent job and start all over again. Sure, he's not the most virtuous man and has a bit of a drinking problem, but he figures himself a decent enough guy to be able to tell right from wrong and act upon it. But then, in the middle of nowhere, USA, he runs into his foster brother Bobby (David Pridemore), who innocently offers him a ride without telling him the car is stolen, then robs a gas station, and ultimately even kills the family (Ariana Ruckle, Rich Trethgeway, James Malcolm) who Ryan has hoped on giving him a decent enough job - and through all of this, Ryan can't help but being an accessory to the crime, also but not only because he feels a special bond with Bobby. When Sean (Sean Carmichael) and Ro (Rosanna Jimenez), a young couple on a vacation, run into Bobby and Ryan, they at first get a very favourable impression of them though, they help them not get cheated at the gas station, push their car when it gets stuck, and help them find their dog when she gets lost. Sure, Ryan might be a bit imposing and socially awkward, and Bobby might run his mouth a bit too much, but nobody's perfect. It's just when the two turn up around Sean and Ro time and again and start to crowd them that things get a little uncomfortable - and then Bobby once again blows his top, and dangerously so ...


Now the premise of this movie might not exactly spell re-invention of the wheel, but based on this it's a really well-crafted thriller, with all the suspense and shocks in all the right places, which is done in front of an impressive landscape that's well-employed, and the performances are all pretty solid. Where the film really succeeds though is giving (for a change) its villains depth, fuelled by a thought through backstory as well as differentiated character profiles, this way creating a certain grey area that really gives this movie its character and makes it a pretty cool and rather unusual genre ride.


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