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Pretty good, much better than I was expecting.
Corny Texas crime drama that felt like a B-movie in the end.
Fairly short but interesting from the start. We know where the plot is going from fairly early on but there's enough twists along the way to make it interesting. Lead performances are excellent as is the dynamic between them. Well produced as well with a neat soundtrack. Whilst not outstanding, it deserves a wider audience than it has had to date.
They say that the friends you make in school will be your friends for life. The film Bad Turn Worse explores these bonds and shows just how tight they can be. B.J. (Logan Huffman) is your typical Texas High School senior, who is more concerned with meeting the right people, and getting a good job, then he is about going to college, which present a problem in regards to his best friend and girlfriend, who are both headed towards university. B.J. wants to leave his friends on a high note, and decides in order to accomplish this, he needs to "borrow" some money from his shady boss. What B.J. doesn't know is just how connected his boss really is, and once it's discovered that he took the money, his life, and the lives of his two closest friends end up being in jeopardy. Logan Huffman stars and fails to follow up on the success he had in his debut film, Underdogs. In that film, Huffman looked like he would be the next big thing in Hollywood, but playing a dim-witted character in a somewhat anti-climatic story didn't do him any favors. He is paired with Jeremy Allan White, better known as Lip, in the hit series Shameless. I was hoping to see him open up and show some range with this role, but the truth is he was just playing the same character, a highly intelligent young adult who makes poor choices. As far as the story goes, it was pretty interesting, but there are too many breaks in the main story, which distract you from the big picture. There is a lot of discussion and strains on the groups friendship, which pop up at the absolute worse times and pretty much stop the film dead in it's tracks. Bad Turn Worse really did feature a pretty good story, with a ton of up and coming young Hollywood talent. It's very appealing in many ways, but also disappointing in others.
Reasonably good and enjoyable film
The title matches the movie.
Celebrate coming of age with a heist. Bad Turn Worse is a crime thriller done without big budget, but still manages to entertain. It presents good script, murky atmosphere of rural town and fresh partially ironic take on crime drama. The movie is not without flaws though, the pacing might suffer at times and despite some good twist the characters fall into stereotypical teen early on.
This is a story of three teenagers who live in Texas dusty town. One of them decides to steal from the mob, a poorly made decisions that drag all of them into gradually escalating situation. It's a bit slow to build-up on first act as the teens only exchange banters. The plot takes speed after a while, although it's still marred on a couple of scenes.
The premise is seemingly simple, yet the script is smart and it delivers nice twists in timely manner . Acting is good for the three leads, they look juvenile, desperately determined and wanting promise of better life. The chemistry works by meshing these bored boorish characters together in much more adult condition than they are supposed to have.
What set apart this movie from mediocrity is the occasional moments of fresh delivery amidst its bleak visual. Several of the scenes are interestingly done, a bit self-aware, surprisingly bloody and a very reminisces of classic pulp fiction.
Having many genre familiarities, it can be a bit stereotypical and the display of boredom might be stagnant, but with its fine performance and good material, Bad Turn Worse is an engaging human and crime drama.
The first 3/4 of the movie does a good job to get you to wonder how it will all end, the bad news the end is a bit of a let down for the most part. Predictable mostly and loses the tension it had built up. Still very good acting and story.
There is a quote thrown out at the start of this movie by one of the central characters which leads the viewer to believe the story they're about to see may not be what it seems to be. The main disappointment with this movie is it is exactly what it seems to be, there weren't any real big twists. Despite this though, it was still an entertaining piece of old school crime noir and Mark Pellegrino, who plays the main tormentor of the the 3 leads was superb.
You've seen a movie like this before, but it tricks you into thinking you haven't. The relatively-unknown actors do their job and the Texas range does the rest. Pretty good stuff.