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A notable genre surprise early in the year.
A low-budget film noir that benefits greatly from its tautness and lack of pretension.
Plays like "Blood Simple's" impressionable but less proficient kid brother, nevertheless has some devious touches of its own.
A twisty thriller with horror-movie flourishes.
By focusing more on suspense and tension than gore, the brothers Ramsay (director Julius, writer Alston) have crafted an economical and effective alternative to the many disappointing big-budget entries into this genre.
The intersection between crime thriller and horror is an interesting place to be, even if it doesn't fully pay off in Midnighters.
Midnighters doesn't do anything that hasn't been done before, but it executes its formulae with a kind of cold-blooded focus that's consistently impressive and often downright unnerving.
There's a tension in the script about what kind of film Midnighters is: it works best as a character-oriented crime thriller and is less effective when it veers into film noir or puzzle film tropes.
Midnighters is an unclever person's idea of a clever movie, or someone's attempt to prove they're clever only to unclever people.
Midnighters is an impressive screenwriting debut from A. Ramsay and a solid effort from J. Ramsay. However, Haney-Jardine and Essoe impress the most, stealing each scene and selling this Hitchcockian and Lynchian thriller.
But the film's real strength is in its direction and Julius Ramsay's skill at visual storytelling.
The Ramsays still have a long way to go to match the Coens, but the endlessly fun "Midnighters" is one helluva step in the right direction.
Noir is a tough genre and I think it has been relegated to the lower budget market for quite some time now. In a world where your average multiplex movie costs over 100 million, a film like this struggles for existence. The film begins well and like every great Hitchcock film homage, it only gets complicated the further the film goes. If I had a gripe about the film, the performances a little uneven and the husbands arc wasn't overly convincing. The Ramsay team look to have bright future and you can see the Tv filmmaking shining through, not a bad thing in this modern era. They make the film work when it could have fallen to the side and failed miserably. There are quite a few tough scenes to watch here but the overall story works well and if you're a fan of the genre, you will find something here. 26/08/2018.
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