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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 Site

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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
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Critic Reviews for Meskada

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (2) | Fresh (2) | Rotten (4)

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

    Aug 24, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Derek Adams

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

    Dec 2, 2010 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Mar 21, 2011 | Rating: C- | Full Review…
  • It might be fair to investigate if "Josh Sternfeld" is a programming language, not a director.

    Dec 18, 2010 | Rating: 0/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Dec 9, 2010 | Rating: 1.5/5
  • Completely inauthentic at almost every level.

    Dec 5, 2010 | Rating: 1.5/5

Audience Reviews for Meskada

  • Apr 11, 2011
    Such a let down. I had hoped that this movie would be good. I was looking for a nice crime drama that maybe would give me an awesome twist at the end. That unfortunately was not what I got. Though I like many of the cast members as actors (except for Rachel Nichols), within this film none of the characters really impressed me. They all seemed rather inconsistent and unmotivated. There was absolutely no "thrill" to this movie, no twist, no surprises. It was just rather straight forward. It turned into one of those movies where the crime causes political (unrelated) drama, which becomes the main focus instead of the crime itself. I didnt like that. Overall, I'm glad it was short because I couldnt have spent much longer watching this. What did this movie teach me? When the very first scene tells us who the bad guys are, you are almost certainly doomed to be a bad movie.
    Sarah . Super Reviewer
  • Jan 10, 2011
    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 S Super Reviewer
  • Dec 02, 2010
    The movie is about the brutal murder of a young boy in a peaceful town and the small town detective that struggles to solve it. I'll tell the twilight fans here... Kellan Lutz is not in it enough. The small town is suffering from economic troubles so Eddie (Lutz) & Shane (Jon) break in & rob from a home a couple towns over so they ca help their families. The movie was a decent story tho being so tired I did fall asleep watching. It wasn' bad but wasn't good or great. It was pretty average as I really can't remember much from it. C

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