Atmoshphere and comedy hold together backwards crime drama.
|Shimmer Lake has a great atmosphere and an intriguing sense that an interesting mystery is unfolding. It starts on Friday only giving hints as to what happened. Then progressing backwards through the week, providing further clues, and a few dead bodies, to show how it all went down. It takes most of that time to produce a coherent crime drama and the comedic casting makes it difficult to strike the right tone; however, by the end, you have watched a funny, interesting crime drama best told in reverse.
Directed by: Oren Uziel
Screenplay by: Oren Uziel
Starring: Benjamin Walker, Rainn Wilson
The setting: it’s a small town where everybody knows each other and all played football together in high school, and a crime has been committed where the prime suspects are known, and related to the town’s Sheriff. It’s dark and gloomy, raining for most of it, but combine that with an undercurrent of comedy, and I was a big fan of the atmosphere and setting for the film.
Luckily it does all add up together. When we finally get to the beginning of the week, and the crime is about to go down, everything that had unfolded earlier makes more sense and is funnier – and interestingly, there’s still a lot to piece together. The ending shows a strong film noir influence on the movie, and mixed with a more modern indie comedy style, Shimmer Lake does eventually pull it off.