|THE KILLING JAR (director/writer: Mark H. Young; cinematographer: Gregg Easterbrook; editor: Mark Young; music: Elia Cmiral; cast: Michael Madsen (Doe), Harold Perrineau (Dixon), Amber Benson (Noreen), Danny Trejo (Jimmy), Kevin Gage (Hank), Lew Temple (Lonnie), Jake Busey (Greene), Talon Torriero (Billy), Lindsey Axelsson (Starr); Runtime: 90; MPAA Rating: R; producers: Mark Young/William Boyer/Patrick Durham/Jonathan Sachar; New Films International/Image Entertainment; 2010)|
no sense and is unpleasant."
by Dennis Schwartz
cheap thrill thriller that is poorly executed and a
bad watch. Writer/director/editor and co-producer Mark
H. Young ("The Least Among You"/"Wicked
Blood") strains to find a reason for making such a
twisted grizzly story that makes no sense and is
unpleasant. The direct-to-DVD offering takes
place entirely inside an isolated truck-stop
rural Silver Lake diner a handful of late-night
patrons and staff are concerned when hearing the radio
newscast that a farm family of four were slain in a
the foul-mouthed aggressive stranger named Doe
(Michael Madsen), in a black motorcycle jacket, rubs
the unhappily married 32-year-old waitress Noreen
(Amber Benson) the wrong way, she shames the reluctant
dopey police officer (Lew Temple) patron to question
him. When the nervous cop's questions rub the stranger
the wrong way, the trigger-happy psychopath kills him.
From then on everyone in the diner is taken hostage by
him and tied up as he systematically questions them.
The fear is the crazy gunman, armed with a shotgun and
automatic pistol, will kill them all. The catch is
that one of the patrons is the professional killer who
killed the farm family.
patrons include a vapid young couple (Lindsey
Axelsson & Talon Torriero)
planning to leave the dead-end town. A jolly black
traveling salesman (Harold Perrineau)
just passing through, an infrequent patron named Hank
(Kevin Gage), a slick guy (Jake Busey)
looking in the diner for a business acquaintance named
Mr. Smith and the diner chef-owner (Danny
thing here is to guess who is the hit man and who will
walk away from this situation. That I don't care,
indicates how dismal the story was for me.
REVIEWED ON 3/12/2017 GRADE: C+
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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