A truly torturous twisting of unbearable family drama and bone-chilling horror, with the strength of the former (great performances all around) providing a deep sense of dread to be accented by the terrifying visuals of the latter. Starts to unravel a bit in the final act, but it’s no less riveting thanks to the continued strong cinematography and sound(track). Superbly directed (I don’t think I’ve ever been more on edge or left more horrified then I was with that pivotal accident scene).
Tom Regan, an advisor to a Prohibition-era crime boss, tries to keep the peace between warring mobs but gets caught in divided loyalties. (IMDb)
A really cool classic film noir feel saturates this cohesive slow burn of a crime drama, with its drab 40s sets and suits, niche dialogue (“What’s the rumpus?”), fiery character melodrama (see the climax of Tom’s arc: “Look in your heart!” “What heart?”), and twisting plot (see Dane’s rise to prominence). It’s maybe a touch hard to follow at points, but it’s so solidly acted (Turturro might be the highlight; see his pleading in the forest) and directed that that can be easily forgiven.