|SUNSET GRILL (director: Kevin Connor; screenwriters: Faruque Ahmed/Marcus Wright/story by Chip Walter; cinematographer: Douglas Milsome; editor: Barry Peters; music: Ken Thorne; cast: Peter Weller (Ryder Hart), Stacy Keach (Harrison Shelgrave), Lori Singer (Loren), Alexandra Paul (Anita), John Rhys-Davies (Stockton), Michael Anderson (Lt. Jeff Carruthers), Peter Koch (Christian), Michael Medeiros (Mule), Benito Martinez (Guillermo); Runtime: 103; MPAA Rating: R; producer: Faruque Ahmed; New Line Cinema; 1993)|
|"Suspenseful but formulaic modern
day film noir."
by Dennis Schwartz
horror film filmmaker Kevin Connor ("Motel
Hell"/"At The Earth's Core"/"The Land That Time
Forgot") directs this suspenseful but formulaic modern
day film noir, that's a direct-to-video
release. It's based on the story by
Chip Walter and is written by Faruque Ahmed
and Marcus Wright.
Hart (Peter Weller) is a world-weary, alcoholic,
burnt-out ex-cop, now working as a struggling private
detective in LA. Anita (Alexandra Paul)
is his estranged wife, who runs the East LA bar and
grill called the Sunset Grill. She is romantically
involved with Lt. Jeff Carruthers (Michael
Anderson), Hart's former colleague. In the street,
Hart learns that an illegal trafficker was killed.
Hart gets involved when he finds there's a connection
with brutal killing of Anita. During his
investigation, Hart comes across the suspicious
wealthy businessman Harrison Shelgrove (Stacy
Keach), a collector of
Mayan art and the owner of a gun club, and his seductress
sexy assistant Loren (Lori Singer).
a tawdry plot that becomes increasingly more
complicated, Hart, who has teamed up with Jeff,
wary of his encounter with a crooked INS
agent, Stockton (John Rhys-Davies), who seems
to know more about the case than he's letting
on. What began as a search for the murderer of
his ex-wife, leads the investigator into a
conspiracy mystery involving illegal
immigrants in Los Angeles, as it's learned
that illegal Mexicans employed at the Sunset
Grill are being killed and sold for their body parts
for medical experiments.
REVIEWED ON 2/9/2015 GRADE: B-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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