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The Suspect (2013)

Not Rated | | Thriller | 23 January 2014 (USA)
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Two African American social scientists pose as bank robbers in an effort to understand the racial dynamics of small-town law enforcement. However, their experiment takes an unplanned, deadly turn.


Stuart Connelly


Stuart Connelly (screenplay)
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Credited cast:
Mekhi Phifer ... The Suspect
William Sadler ... Sheriff Dixon
Sterling K. Brown ... The Other Suspect
Derek Roché ... Deputy Riley
James McCaffrey ... Polaski Sheriff
Rebecca Creskoff ... Shannon
Lizzy DeClement ... Heather
Bernadette Quigley ... Meredith
Luke Robertson ... Printer
Marisa Brown ... Motel Receptionist
Denny Dale Bess ... Truck Driver (as Denny Bess)
Carla Corvo ... Truck Driver's Girlfriend
Mark Barthmaier ... Cashier
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
James Bagnell ... First Polaski Cop
Mary Jo Barthmaier Mary Jo Barthmaier ... Voice of Mrs. Noble
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Two African American social scientists pose as bank robbers in an effort to understand the racial dynamics of small-town law enforcement. However, their experiment takes an unplanned, deadly turn.

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Interesting enough, but not earth-shattering
5 June 2014 | by cynmossSee all my reviews

I was certainly entertained by the movie. Since the synopsis has it, the fact that the two black guys are university professors/researchers is not a spoiler. The other twists are interesting enough. The premise holds your interest through its run time, and the film doesn't run too long.

One minor issue was all of the jump backs in time. It was a little much to keep track of what is present day vs. past.

The BIG issue is that (and this is not spoiler either) even if they returned the money and explained themselves, they still committed a crime. It's a little far-fetched that they would be let off scot-free by multiple cities, EVEN when the nature of their study is explained (the race card stuff). I get that they want you to think that they are let go because of the explanation and the notion that if the race stuff got out, it would make the cops look bad, so they just let them go.

It's somewhat of a clever script, I'll give them that, and the performances are good. I'm giving it 6/10 out because 5 is average and this is ever-so-slightly above that, but this isn't the greatest thing since sliced bread. It's an entertaining watch if you can see it for free or very low cost.

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23 January 2014 (USA) See more »

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Elverson, Pennsylvania, USA

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