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Other than the novelty of being the only example of a gritty crime drama featuring a key male character named Babs, there is absolutely nothing interesting or memorable to be found in Wetlands.
Apparently moviemaking keeps getting easier while writing keeps getting harder - "Wetlands" being yet another example of a film whose surface technical polish can only do so much to gloss over the coarse, clumsy screenplay that flummoxes its cast.
Stronger on style than substance.
"Wetlands" attempts to turn Atlantic City in December into a noir nexus of drug-dealing surfers, struggling moms and broken cops, but instead merely claims a handful of good actors as unfortunate victims.
As the haunted Babs, Mr. Akinnuoye-Agbaje has an imposing physicality and understated nobility, while Ms. Graham fleshes out the resolute if underwritten Savannah.
Wetlands has the visual markers of noir ... but the genre's clockwork fatalism is missing from Della Valle's haphazard script.
Wetlands is a talky crime drama with very little to say.
As much as negativity is the fuel for the status of these people being stuck in their misery, Babs represents a hope and change, a light at the end of this dark tunnel.
There is little originality to be found in Wetlands, and despite a few solid performances, very little to otherwise entertain.
Even great acting cannot save an uninspired story with plot holes.
"Wetlands" has a furrowed brow, and Valle is completely committed to negative energy, which might win over some viewers.
A somber neo-noir distinguished largely by its atypical setting.
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