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A brother and sister move to a sleepy Oregon town and are befriended by a stranger with a magnetic personality on a summer sabbatical.

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Complete credited cast:
Tom Berenger ... Art Stoner
Rachel Hayward ... Kate O'Conner
Tygh Runyan ... Mike O'Conner
Elizabeth Carol Savenkoff ... Cindy
Eli Gabay Eli Gabay ... Adam Terrell
Ralph Alderman Ralph Alderman ... Jack
Bruce Dawson ... Tom Blanton
Mitchell Kosterman ... Constable McMurty
Michael Leisen Michael Leisen ... Wayne
Leo Vernik Leo Vernik ... Dick (as Leo Vernick)
Spencer Roy Spencer Roy ... Adam Terrell's Son
James Ralph ... Bar Patron
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Storyline

Orphan Mike O'Conner was abused from age three by his own dad, fled to Chicago to start a rock band but got dragged in bad mates' crime and convicted under probation. Mike's sister, Kate, managed to get him released and employed as assistant lighthouse guard under Adam Terrell, an author on sabbatical. However, Adam is murdered by serial killer Art Stoner, who takes Adam's place and identity. Art himself is the traumatized son of a prostitute, abandoned by the father, who had to watch his mother 'working' and got beaten, as if responsible, whenever her 'clients' hit her. 'Adam' seems to work out as Mike's substitute father, smacking him at worst, but their past starts catching up and Art being seen in action as Kate's lover poisons the triangle dramatically. Written by KGF Vissers

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Rated R for sexuality and language | See all certifications »
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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 September 2008 (Belgium) See more »

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Cruel and Unusual See more »

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Budget:

CAD 5,100,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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A moody thriller, although very slowly paced and formulaic
25 August 2011 | by DinosawSee all my reviews

This film seemed atmospheric and tense, but it was a little boring and the ending was anticlimactic. The music came across as intrusive and annoying - there was no point of the high pitched electric guitars used in dramatic scenes. Smoking scenes were just too much and they became distracting.

This might be recommended for thriller fans only, but people who are not in to this genre will become very bored, as this is a slow-burn type of thriller. It's mostly a drama with the brother slowly and slowly starting to suspect that the serial killer is dangerous.

Between the two there is a lot of talking scenes, and at times there is tension. There is also a erotica, between his sister and the killer, towards the middle-end of the film. I believe the whole romance between the two was forced.

The film has the annoying cliché where the main character thinks a person is crazy and his friends don't believe it (here, it's the sister), even though the main character is always right.

The ending was awful. I hated how it just abruptly ended. Who stabbed who? There was some bad editing there.


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