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The Standoff At Sparrow Creek Blu-ray Review


“The Standoff At Sparrow Creek” is a solid thriller.

After a shooting at a cop’s funeral takes place, a militia group bands together in a warehouse. Believing one of them is responsible, former police officer turned militia member Gannon begins to question the suspects within the group to find out the truth before the police close in on them. From there on out, paranoia begins to grow, secrets are unveiled, lies are spread, and trust issues begin to form amongst everyone.

“The Standoff At Sparrow Creek” is highly reminiscent of claustrophobic, minimal location thrillers/character crime-dramas ala “Reservoir Dogs,” but writer/director Henry Dunham brings his own style and spin to the movie. The subject of a militia is something that hasn’t been touched upon in cinema all that often and while the militia itself isn’t explored in any great detail, it’s still a bold basis for the story. The majority of the story is essentially a mystery/race against time story as the militia group tries to weed out the culprit, but obviously, there are surprises in store for both the characters and the audience. Dunham could have easily made this movie rely far too heavily on twists, but he doesn’t. Granted, the twists play a big part of the story, but at the center, this is a fast paced story about broken people, human frailty, trust, and secrets.

The cast of character actors here is first rate. It’s nice to see the underrated James Badge Dale front and center here. He should be starring in so many more movies than he is. Other highlights include Chris Mulkey (whose credits go decades back now), rising star Robert Aramayo, and the fast talking Patrick Fischler who you will probably remember from “Mulholland Drive,” “Lost,” “Twin Peaks,” to name a few.


Presentation: 2.40:1 1080p. How does it look? The hi-def transfer does the best it can with this very stylized and darkly lit movie, but the visuals aren’t the best to be sure.

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? This 5.1 track doesn’t have much to do given that this is largely a quiet movie. Still, it does the job.

Extras: RLJE Films trailers and the nearly 11 minute “The Making Of the Standoff At Sparrow Creek” which contains film clips, interviews and character/story discussions.

February 16, 2019 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , ,

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