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Shimmer Lake (2017)

TV-MA | | 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.

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... Zeke Sikes
... Andy Sikes
... Steph Burton
... Judge Brad Dawkins
... Chris Morrow
... Kurt Biltmore
... Kyle Walker
... Ed Burton
... Reed Ethington
... Meth Billy (as Matt Landry)
Isabel Dove ... Sally Sikes
... Harris
Angela Vint ... Martha Sikes
... Mrs. Dawkins
Pasqualina Cardu ... Field Reporter
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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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Was listed on the 2009 Black List. A list of the "most liked" unmade scripts in Hollywood. See more »

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At approximately 43 minutes in (during the "Wednesday" segment), we see a front shot of Zeke talking to the FBI men, and he is not wearing sunglasses. A moment later, the camera changes to a rear shot and we can see that Zeke now is wearing sunglasses. See more »

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Ed Burton: What the hell do you want from me, huh?
Steph Burton: For starters, you could accept responsibility for my son's death.
Ed Burton: You are never gonna get over it, are you?
Steph Burton: Get over it? It's not a cold, Ed.
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Jazzy Cossacks
Written and Performed by Joseph Trapanese
Courtesy of Blue Bonsai Music
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Could have been a lot better
14 June 2017 | by See all my reviews

There are two reasons you might make a film with a non-linear time line. The first is that you have a twist in your film, however the twist doesn't come at the end of your story so you need to make it happen at the end of your story (much like 'Memento' did). The second, and inferior, reason is that your film simply isn't unique enough on its own. 'Shimmer Lake' is a combination of both of these reasons I suspect. There's a twist of sorts which would have come at the beginning of the film and now comes at the end. But what they won't tell you is that by doing this it is also hiding the fact that this is a very run-of-the-mill story line told a thousand times over. I'm sorry, but it really is. There is nothing fresh here in that regard.

I feel like there were a lot of missed opportunities in this script as well. It should have been more fun. There should have been more reveals (or at least more important ones). As each day goes by backwards, it feels more like things are simply being confirmed for us, rather than taking us by surprise.

There's also a quite bizarre tone to the film. There are a few actors in the cast known primarily for their comedic talents. When they're on screen the whole film feels more like a comedy than anything else. Then when they're not on screen the film decides to take itself very seriously. In that respect the film is an absolute mess that looks like it has been dissected a hundred times over in the editing room. There was an idea here that could have been good, but that was as far as things got. Sadly this is a misfire.


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