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Doug (Lankenau) returns home to Portland, Oregon after dropping out of college in Chicago. When his ex-girlfriend, Rachel (Rikoon), materializes and subsequently disappears, Doug sets on an investigation with his co-worker, Carlos (Castillo), as the two men put their love of old detective novels to use. Written by
This film a mystery? Yes, because I wonder how it even got made in the first place.
This one is being sold as a comedy/drama/mystery. Let it be known now that it is more of a drama with some humorous dialog in it. I suppose there is a little mystery in it -- but it lasts all of 15 minutes and just goes back into the same slump it started in. This is one of those movies where the middle is the best part, the beginning takes way too long to get us to the story and then the ending makes it look like everyone just gave up.
Doug (Lankenau) returns home to Portland, Oregon after dropping out of college in Chicago. He was studying forensics science. Once back in his hometown, he gets a job at an ice factory and meets one of his colleagues, Carlos (Castillo). His ex-girlfriend, Rachel (Rikoon) also comes back into town and her and Carlos start to date sort of. Doug's sister, Gail (Dunn) is also on tap and her and Doug bond more in the now than they did growing up. When Rachel goes missing, Carlos panics and calls Doug, fearing the worst has happened. Seeing as how Doug got Carlos hooked on old Sherlock Holmes novels, he figures that Carlos just has an overactive imagination. But, when something seems askew at Rachel's hotel room, the guys start to channel their inner-Sherlock Holmes and go investigate.
Let me repeat. This movie is not a mystery in any sense of the word. I don't want to ruin anything by telling you what happens from there, but if you do decide to see it, you'll find out yourselves. The movie is extremely slow-paced and we get long pandering camera shots of people eating, people waiting, people riding around in cars, people working, etc. There's not a lot of dialog and when we are treated to someone speaking, it's usually of no consequence. Not until about 40 minutes in, do we actually start to see some resemblance of a plot. That's when Carlos shows up at Doug's place all freaked out. From there, it does get better. The pacing, the dialog and yes, even some story.
The actors did the best with what they had to work with, there's not a flawed performance among the cast. I just wish they had more to do. I started to enjoy it when Doug and his sister teamed up and put their heads together to find out where Rachel disappeared to. I loved the fact that Doug needed a pipe to help him think... like Sherlock Holmes. The movie is more about a brother and a sister than it is a mystery. It all leads to them solving half the case, other characters disappearing from the movie altogether and absolutely nothing being resolved. If the writer/director would have tightened up the first act and did anything else in the third act, this movie might be bearable to some viewers, but as it stands now, it's pretty pointless.
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Final Grade: D+
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