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Shimmer Lake 2017

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Shout by Lee Brown Barrow Movie Buff
BlockedParent2017-06-10T17:10:04Z— updated 2018-02-22T21:43:18Z

The backwards narrative is an interesting twist but it doesn't add much to the film. A flawed mix of comedy and mystery, failing to succeed in either

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For a film that went relatively under the radar (at least to me), this has quite the cast. Beyond those listed in the movie poster, you also have John Michael Higgins, Adam Pally, and Wyatt Russell contributing. Combining this high caliber cast with a reverse linear presentation provided a quite engaging crime caper that had just enough dark comedy to keep things from feeling too dour. The structure of the film has a few fun payoffs throughout, but is ultimately used to set up the end (beginning?). The climax is given away as the final set piece starts, but it still felt pretty satisfying. At a brisk running time, I would easily recommend giving this a watch for something different than your standard crime fare.

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Good news / bad news. Watching Shimmer Lake, I realized I'd already seen it before. The good news is that I didn't remember anything about it, so it was like watching a new movie. The bad news was I'd seen it before and I didn't remember anything about it.

It's like Fargo but without the quirk, so Fargone, I guess. It's a competent mystery with a good cast and an unnecessarily convoluted time-line that would suffice during a hangover but is as remarkable as boiled meat.

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Really enjoyed this, the backwards narrative pays off very well and the film is hilarious at times although the reveal just doesn't have the weight behind it could have. Well worth the watch

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Better on second viewing.

This movie is full of red herrings: warning, spoilers below!!!!!........

Friday
Zeke says, we all know each other well. We went to the same high school. Some of us even dated the same girls.

Martha, asks Zeke, why didn't you settle down with a little one?

FBI guy says, we saw a naked kid streaking.

Thursday
Judge, what does Ed have on you?

Wednesday
Maybe your brother ratted us out.

Judge's wife. You just want to host one of your big poker games. You don't have to fell guilty. Sometimes boys just need to be with other boys.

Tuesday
You can accept responsibility for my son's death.

You can only kill someone by accident.

I asked him, but he has to work at the bank.

Just the state champion escorting the state champion.

It's not too late.

Nobody knows what car I drive.

Justice, Ed.

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Does anyone know the name of the title font, or where it has been used? It's so familiar - but I can't place it!

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