A decent set up for a seriously undercooked noir thriller. The film drags so much in the middle section that you won't be able to work up the energy to care about the absurdly twisty climax. Beau Bridges and Aidan Quinn appear to collect pay cheques.
What a tangled, bloody, web Sarah and Billy (Haley Webb and Josh Henderson) two would-be grafters from LA weave, when at first they practice to deceive in Sheriff Brogden Jr.'s (Beau Bridges) tiny but terrible secret packed town of Tremo.
Long allegedly-true-story short, unshaven but smiling Billy meets weary but winsome waitress Sarah at Stanley's diner. Grungy romance ensues until Ellen a friend of Sarah's who coincidentally looks just like her, overdoses and documents in her purse indicate she was about to inherit a whole lotta land and other valuable properties from her uncle Zackary Niles in the Lone Star State. In a monumental moment of bad decision making, Sarah and Billy, get the idea (though he suggests it) to see if Sarah can pass as Ellen and lay claim to the multimillion dollar estate. What could go wrong? Plenty or this would be a fifteen minute movie.
At first Billy and Sarah's scheme appear to be going smoothly, thanks to the help of Cameron Brogden (Aidan Quinn), the attorney for Uncle Zackary's estate. Initially Cameron is courteous, seems to believe Ellen's story and appears agreeable to ownership changing hands in a calm, slow talking manner.
Not so neighborly however is Sherriff Brogden Jr. (Beau Bridges) Cameron's older brother and the law of the town for the past thirty years. Like most movie sherriffs Brogden is suspicious of all "foreigners" to the town, has plenty of questions and is determined to do as much poking around as the law will allow and maybe a little more to find what's really going on. What comes next is a perfect storm of murder, mendacity and cross dressed small town strangeness, the kind you don't hear about in John Cougar songs.
Without giving any plot twists or double crosses away, suffice it to say RUSHLIGHTS is a tense, indie thriller best viewed late at night through the bottom of a Corona bottle with a side of Cuervo, for sipping. One question that did come to mind was where are Harry Dean Statnton and Matthew McCaughnehey in all this?
As for the title, I still don't know what RUSHLIGHTS means, despite a quote at the picture's beginning having something to do with such 18th century trending topics as "pith", "rush" and "tallow" from a poem by B.J. Smith. But any way you view it or construe it, it's worth sticking around to the end to see who gets away with what may or may not be coming to them.
Rushlights really keeps you guessing even up til the end! Not everything is as it seems-- but you won't see any spoilers from me! ;)
This guy says it perfectly in his review: "To say it mildly, there's gonna be a lot of dead meat in the Tremo scum pond before the night is out."
He says: " Unlike other thrillers, which will set you up for one major turning point, Stutz repeats the suspense to reveal several times creating a compounded mystery feel throughout the film. Every time you think the main characters Billy and Sarah are out of the water or closer to their pay off, some shift keeps the story going and the audience on their toes"
If you like 1970s D grade action TV then you're gonna love this. Keep an eye out for the British bad guy. And I thought all the English could act??