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Unfolding like a more intricately plotted installment of "48 Hours," Erik Nelson's "A Gray State" is a genuinely unsettling examination of a 2015 murder case.
Even in its more meandering moments it is a gripping, almost unbearably dark watch.
This well-crafted doc makes for an absorbingly bizarre footnote. One suspects we are living in a historical epoch that is going to provide many such footnotes for some time to come.
A real-life tale that's as unsettling as it is precisely of-the-moment.
Clear enough about what happened to be ambiguous about what it means, the film makes only one clean argument: Truth isn't always stranger than fiction, but it's often a hell of a lot sadder.
Engrossing for the reasons it's also unsatisfying: As Adam Shambour, a friend of Mr. Crowley's, says, it's a mystery that answers all the major questions except "Why?"
A disturbing, if somewhat superficial peek inside Conspiracyland's bubble, a "mysterious" death unraveled
Nelson's film is a fairly straightforward police-file-and-talking-heads affair, energized by the use of Crowley's own storehouse of footage, and in essence positing him as a co-director.
A Gray State is a multi-layered essay on how we tell stories, what we watch, and what we fail to see.
Erik Nelson's film straddles a fine and admirable line between lurid sensationalism and sober humanism.
A story similar to "The Shining" but much scarier because it is true.
This is a harrowing portrait how easily our own darkness can take us over, if we let it.
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