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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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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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In the bank scene Zeke is reading the reprint of Different Seasons by Stephen King. This collection of four short stories includes The Body (which would become the movie Stand by Me), Apt Pupil, Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption, and The Breathing Method. 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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Sally Sikes: I thought you wasn't hungry.
Zeke Sikes: [devouring a banana] Oh, I'm starving.
Sally Sikes: Then why didn't you eat Mommy's breakfast?
Zeke Sikes: Because if I ate your mommy's breakfast, I'd end up a fat fucking bastard like everybody else in this town. Let's just pretend Uncle Zeke didn't say that, okay?
Sally Sikes: Okay.
Reed Ethington: [walking up to the squad car] Hey, Sally.
Zeke Sikes: Do you mind if we drop her off at school on the way to work?
Reed Ethington: No, not at all.
Sally Sikes: Get in the back, you fat fuckin' bastard!
Reed Ethington: Excuse me?
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Jazzy Cossacks
Written and Performed by Joseph Trapanese
Courtesy of Blue Bonsai Music
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The sheriff is weary of being the only clean person in his dirty little town.
1 August 2017 | by See 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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