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The disappearance of a 3-year-old boy divides a tightly knit community and culls out its secrets.
Release Year: 2011
Rating: 5.8/10 (362 voted)
Critic's Score: 38/100
Stars: Thomas Dekker, Lynn Collins, Elizabeth McGovern
Storyline During the first snow of the year 3 year-old Nate Denton wanders away from his father's truck and disappears. The fevered search for him ends with the devastating discover of his tiny, frozen body. Nate's death throws the small foothills community of Angel's Crest into disarray. The inhabitants confront what Nate's death means to them and in the face of that struggle they deal with their own concepts of right and wrong.
Writers: Catherine Trieschmann, Leslie Schwartz
Cast: Ameko Eks Mass Carroll
Colin A. Campbell
Jonathan Lachlan Stewart
Opening Weekend: $407
(1 January 2012)
(1 January 2012)
Really Bad Screenplay Sinks Film
Angels Crest (2011)
** (out of 4)
A small community is ripped apart when a father (Thomas Dekker) is
charged with negligent homicide after his three-year-old son dies. The
two were out on a trip when the father decided to go check something
out and leave the kid sleeping in the truck. The son managed to get out
of the vehicle, get lost and the next day he is discovered dead. After
the father is charged a whole group of people act differently to the
events. I'm sure director Gaby Dellal had high hopes for this film and
I'm sure the subject matter was something very close to her but she
should have requested a re-write because the screenplay here is a
complete mess that thinks it's something deep but at the end of the
picture you realize that it's nothing but one shallow character and
situation after another. There's no question that 100% of the blame
must go towards the screenplay because every single one of the
characters are shallow, boring and it's impossible to care for them. As
I watched the movie I kept wondering what emotion I was supposed to be
feeling, who was I supposed to be feeling it for and there are just
scenes that take place, take you down one direction and then it just
cuts off and you're sitting there wondering what the entire point was.
We see the father struggle over guilt. Understandable. We learn that
the child's mother is a worthless piece of drunk trash. There's a
restaurant owner (Mira Sorvino) who has some of her own secrets.
There's a lesbian couple who can't agree whether the dad is to blame.
For some reason one of the lesbian's sons shows up and of course he
hates gay people. There's even the father's best friend who just
happens to be sleeping with the mother. All of these characters enter,
say dialogue but you're never quite sure why they're there and in the
end none of their stories come together for anything. You even have
Jeremy Piven playing the D.A. who has his own past that he's hiding
from. I'm sure the point of the film was to try and show what one event
would have on a large group of people but the film is a complete
failure. I will say that the opening ten-minutes were effect but this
is due mostly to the subject matter. Seeing such a young kid die isn't
easy to watch so of course it's going to be disturbing. Everything that
follows is just one big mess. Performances are decent at best but you
can tell they're drowning as it seems none of the actors know what to
do and they appear to just go around without cause. ANGELS CREST has an
interesting idea but sadly it goes nowhere and the film runs out of gas
even before it can get going.