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Shimmer Lake (2017)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | 9 June 2017 (USA)
An inventive crime thriller told backwards -- reversing day by day through a week -- following a local sheriff's quest to unlock the mystery of three small town criminals and a bank heist gone wrong.


Oren Uziel


Oren Uziel




Cast overview, first billed only:
Benjamin Walker ... Zeke Sikes
Rainn Wilson ... Andy Sikes
Stephanie Sigman ... Steph Burton
John Michael Higgins ... Judge Brad Dawkins
Mark Rendall ... Chris Morrow
Rob Corddry ... Kurt Biltmore
Ron Livingston ... Kyle Walker
Wyatt Russell ... Ed Burton
Adam Pally ... Reed Ethington
Matthew Evans Landry ... Meth Billy (as Matt Landry)
Isabel Dove Isabel Dove ... Sally Sikes
Neil Whitely ... Harris
Angela Vint Angela Vint ... Martha Sikes
Julie Khaner ... Mrs. Dawkins
Pasqualina Cardu Pasqualina Cardu ... Field Reporter


An inventive crime thriller told backwards -- reversing day by day through a week -- following a local sheriff's quest to unlock the mystery of three small town criminals and a bank heist gone wrong.

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Reunites Rob Corddry (Kurt Bilmore) and John Michale Higgins (Judge Brad Dawkins) from multiple episodes of the TV sitcom Community (2009) where they played Alan Connor and Prof. Whitman, respectively. (Although they weren't in any episodes together.) They were also in Rapture-Palooza (2013) together. See more »


The Sherrifs cruiser license plate carries the Ohio county number 85, which is Warren County. The deputy's uniform patch reads Rengo County, there is no Rengo County in Ohio. See more »


Zeke Sikes: [lecturing her in squad car] I'm not asking people to be perfect, Sal. Everybody makes mistakes. God knows I'm no exception. But everybody thinks that they can do whatever the hell they want with no repercussions whatsoever. And what is the point of being the only clean person in a town that's completely dirty?
Sally Sikes: When I'm dirty, my mom gives me a bath.
Zeke Sikes: Yeah. Well... that's what I'm doing. I'm giving this town a bath.
Sally Sikes: Bath time!
[siren wailing]
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Feels Like We Only Go Backwards
Written by Kevin Parker
Performed by Tame Impala
Published by BMG Platinum Songs (BMI) / BMG Rights Management (UK) Ltd.
All rights adnimistered by BMG Rights Management (US) LLC
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The sheriff is weary of being the only clean person in his dirty little town.
1 August 2017 | by folktaleSee all my reviews

No spoilers here.

Like Memento, it's written to be watched twice. The writing is tight and smart, nothing is wasted, though that might not register until the second time through.

Both bleak and comic, it is a genuine mystery, in that clues and red herrings are carefully planted throughout, with a big reveal at the end that is genuinely surprising. The storytelling architecture is very satisfying.

You are not emotionally invested in any of the characters. This is by design, the structure pretty much guarantees it, and it's a good thing.

Though it works backwards, it goes day-by-day, not sequence by sequence, so while you are kept engaged in figuring out what's going on and who's who, it's easy enough keep track, you're never at sea. There's plenty to enjoy the first time through, but much of the early content, and many of the "jokes" -- it's very dark, but they are a kind of jokes-- only hit on second viewing.

It's a new kind of thing, straight to streaming, the cinematic equivalent of a straight-to-paperback noir. Made cheaply enough that neither the cinematography nor the acting seek to wow you (though they do get the job done) so it's not like a movie. But it's not like TV either, it's not looking for ratings, it doesn't have to go big-hit-or-die, it doesn't need a sponsor, it can be its own thing, the story they wanted to tell, everything's in there they wanted, nothing is in there they didn't want.

I liked it a lot. I probably wouldn't have watched it again, but there were special circumstances, and I'm really glad I did.

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