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Beneath the Leaves (2019)

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Four small-town boys are kidnapped by James Whitley, a warm-eyed psychopath. His grotesque pursuit to reunite orphaned children with their deceased birth parents is halted when the boys ... See full summary »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Mira Sorvino ... Detective Erica Shotwell
Kristoffer Polaha ... Detective Brian Larson
Doug Jones ... James Whitley
Aaron Farb ... Detective Abrams
Ser'Darius Blain ... Josh Ridley
Christopher Backus ... Matt Tresner
Christopher Masterson ... George Middleton
Tommy Kijas ... Officer Cartwright
Kee Seymore Kee Seymore ... Officer Davis
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Marla Adams ... Nadine
Cassidy Barnes ... Young Adult Whitley
Randall Barnett ... Larry
Lili Bordán ... Samantha
Damarr Calhoun Damarr Calhoun ... Young Josh
Ashlyn Jade Lopez ... Young Rose
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Four small-town boys are kidnapped by James Whitley, a warm-eyed psychopath. His grotesque pursuit to reunite orphaned children with their deceased birth parents is halted when the boys escape and he is arrested. Twenty years later Whitley flees during a prison fire and decides to see his mission through. Detective Larson, once Whitley's prior victim, is removed from the case due to impartiality leaving his partner and lover Detective Shotwell to solve the case. Fueled by rage and a chance of redemption, Detective Larson chases the steadfast psychopath on his own only to fall back into the same trap he once escaped as a child.

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Be patient and wait for due harvest.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 February 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Beneath the Leaves See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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1.85 : 1
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Outstanding Psychological Thriller.
10 February 2019 | by Trump45SucksSee all my reviews

This is a really super film that might disappoint those looking for wall-to-wall action. I found it intriguing to hear the inner-demons that haunt the characters, and of course, Mira Sorvino, as the troubled detective assigned to track down a psychopath, stands out in the crowd.

Mira's real-life father, Paul Sorvino, plays a nice roll as the police captain, while her real-life husband, Chris Backus, does a wonderful job as one of the "hunted" kids (now an adult). The supporting rolls were also very satisfying, while the killer himself was creepy and sadistic.

I'm not digging into the plot, as you'll have to see it for yourself, but let's just say I found it deeply moving and surprisingly stage-worthy.

Again, if you ONLY like action at every turn, this isn't for you. If dialogue and a look inside the characters heads' turns you on, this is your film.


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