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Meskada (2010)




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Meskada follows a small-town detective named Noah Cordin as he struggles to solve the brutal murder of a boy in the peaceful, affluent town of Hilliard. The killers left behind no clues at the crime scene, with the exception of a scrap of paper leading Cordin back to his hometown of Caswell. Here, Cordin and county detective Leslie Spencer consult with Cordin's old friends, all of whom are suffering from the economic troubles that have plunged Caswell into near destitution. As their search fails to turn up a suspect, feverish tensions rise between the towns of Hilliard and Caswell, until the film reaches its shocking climax. Meskada captures a snapshot of quintessential American small-town life. The story calls to mind our nation's history, the brutal clashes over land and territory, the class-divides and the improbable victories for equal opportunity. Meskada portrays a vivid picture of the rift between characters in two towns, people bound by loyalty, family, community, and a battle born of circumstances beyond their control. -- (C) Official Sitemore
Rating: R (for language, some violence and a scene of sexuality)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Josh Sternfeld
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 22, 2011
Red Flag Releasing - Official Site


Nick Stahl
as Noah Cordin
Rachel Nichols
as Leslie Spencer
Kellan Lutz
as Eddie Arlinger
Jonathan Tucker
as Shane Loakin
Grace Gummer
as Nat Collins
James McCaffrey
as Billy Burns
Laura Benanti
as Allison Connor
Michael Cerveris
as Terrance Lindy
Norman Reedus
as Dennis Burrows
Michael Sirow
as Daniel Hartfield
Rebecca Henderson
as Lyla burrows
Kerry Bishé
as Emily Cordin
Charlie Tahan
as Keith Burrows
J.D. Rosen
as Carl Everson
Max Antisell
as Zack Cordin
Kathy Searle
as Jane Hartfield
David Aaron Baker
as D.A. Russ Winston
Johnny Hopkins
as Chris Ainslie
Michael Goodin
as Meth Head
Jonathan Whitcup
as Jerry Collum
Greg Sealy
as Sheriff Tom Bowen
Eric Martin
as Ronald Harlin
Shawn Rice
as Officer #1
Doug Mayer
as Officer #2
Terry McGee
as Commissioner #1
Bridget Bujke
as Woman #1
Jen Gatien
as Anchor Woman
Rachel Heller
as Field Reporter
Jenny Parsinen
as Bar Local
Kyle Stein
as Kid at Fair #1
Dylan Stein
as Kid at Fair #2
Erin Brooke Stein
as Kid at Fair #3
and Shawn Rice
as Officer #1
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Critic Reviews for Meskada

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (2)

Small in scope but smart in the way it deals with how cosy communities react when something rotten surfaces in their world.

Full Review… | August 24, 2011
Time Out
Top Critic

Good but perhaps not good enough, "Meskada" can be thought of as solid letter-grade-B work.

Full Review… | December 2, 2010
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Efforts are muddled and the story incomplete, making the feature limp along, in search of something substantial and focused to lean against. While initially moody and raw, the film quickly falls apart.

Full Review… | March 21, 2011

It might be fair to investigate if "Josh Sternfeld" is a programming language, not a director.

Full Review… | December 18, 2010
Slant Magazine

The script needs a map -- or a world atlas, for that matter -- because it has no clue where it's going or how to get there.

Full Review… | December 9, 2010

Completely inauthentic at almost every level.

Full Review… | December 5, 2010
Boxoffice Magazine

Audience Reviews for Meskada

Meskada is another direct-to-video feature I knew nothing about ahead of time. I choose it because the story sounded interesting and I love the cast. In these cases, the film is usually hit or miss, with no in-between. In the case of Meskada, it's definitely a hit! The story follows a local detective, investigating the death of a child, during a home invasion. What makes Meskada different from the rest is that 15 minutes into the film, you know who did it and why, it's not a mystery. Nick Stahl who I usually don't like and Jonathan Tucker who I've always liked are both fantastic in this film. It's roles that neither is really used to playing and both stepped up to the challenge. The story wasn't all that strong, but the acting was, and what I really liked about this film is how it came at a common story in an unconventional way. It's defiantly worth checking out!

Todd Smith

Super Reviewer

An indie cop drama with nice performances by the B-list cast of actors. The pacing is a bit slow, and there isn't much suspense as you see who perpetrated the murder from the beginning. The tension comes in from the lead investigator returning to the "other side of the tracks" where he grew up in order to find the killer. Likable enough.

An slow-moving indie drama that starts off as a typical small-town crime story but quickly becomes more complex. I liked the deliberate pace of the movie, and how the director lets the story unfold without gimmicks or over the top drama. The narrative is uneven at times as it's complex enough for an inexperience director to pull off, but he manages to keep it on track, and while the acting is uneven as well, especially from unknown supporting cast, it doesn't stop it from being an engaging movie.

Gabriel Knight

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