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Wetlands (2017)

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Babel "Babs" Johnson (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje) is a police detective who finds himself assigned to a precinct in the Wetlands, the no-man's land surrounding Atlantic City, within eyeshot of the once fancy and now dilapidated hotels and boardwalk, but a world away. A year ago, he was a top cop in Philadelphia, but mysterious circumstances intervened and now he finds himself back home and back in the lives of his estranged daughter, Amy (Celeste O'Connor), and still-bitter ex-wife, Savannah (Heather Graham) Surrounded by locals, Surfer Girl (Reyna de Courcy), a surfboard builder who has dreams of moving to Hawaii to ply her trade; and Kate (Jennifer Ehle), a local news anchor; and local thugs Jimmy (Louis Mustillo) his boss, Lollipop (Barry Markowitz); and with a new partner, a fun-loving gambling addict named Paddy Sheehan (Christopher McDonald), Babs slowly adjusts to life back on the beat. Meanwhile, as the region prepares for a massive, late-season hurricane, the storm threatens to destroy the Wetlands... and the lives of some of its inhabitants.

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Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje
as Babel 'Babs' Johnson
Christopher McDonald
as Det. Paddy Sheehan
Rob Morgan
as Sergeant Walker
Lauren LaVera
as Buttercup/Pusher
Pamela Dunlap
as Mrs. Harrington
Donna DeGregorio
as Lollipop's Girl
Lou Morey
as Kenny
Dorene Camp
as Alfie's Fishing Buddy
Reyna de Courcy
as Surfer Girl
Dana Kreitz
as Stripper
Julie Mun
as Elegant Asian Repentant Woman
Neil Samuels
as Cape Atlantic Police Officer
Ian Volandt
as Boy in Trailer Park
Jim Fitzpatrick
as Medical Examiner
Russell Gibson
as Deck Hand Drug Transaction
Joseph Thuet
as Tactical Cop
Quinn Fucci
as Surfer Girl's Daughter
Hal Cohen
as AA Group Member
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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.

September 15, 2017 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

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.

September 15, 2017 | Full Review…

Stronger on style than substance.

September 14, 2017 | Full Review…

"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.

September 14, 2017 | Full Review…

As the haunted Babs, Mr. Akinnuoye-Agbaje has an imposing physicality and understated nobility, while Ms. Graham fleshes out the resolute if underwritten Savannah.

September 14, 2017 | Full Review…

Wetlands has the visual markers of noir ... but the genre's clockwork fatalism is missing from Della Valle's haphazard script.

September 13, 2017 | Full Review…

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