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Dormant (2019)

TV-14 | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | 1 April 2019 (USA)
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Detective Jordan Long is drawn in by government secrets as he investigates murders tied to late CIA Agent, Nigel Goodman.

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Julian Jay Burton

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Julian Jay Burton (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Julian Jay Burton ... Detective Jordan Long
Tom Hagale ... Arthur Huff
Bernadette Chapman ... Teresa Huff
Perry Ball ... Police Chief
Ann Lukens Ann Lukens ... Agent Natalie Cox
Faith Bruner ... Officer Julie Stokes
Nayeon Kim Nayeon Kim ... Kaiyo Long
Mia Carson Mia Carson ... Parris Long
Amanda Miserocchi Amanda Miserocchi ... Mandi Huff
David Wesley Scott David Wesley Scott ... Dr. Hunter
Jim Donaldson Jim Donaldson ... Dr. Hamilton
Bruce Green ... Agent Jerry Ferguson
Nicholas Willis Nicholas Willis ... Agent Shawn Elliot
Blaine Burdette ... Agent Kenneth Dalton
Michael Garth Michael Garth ... Officer Trevor Black
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Former CIA agent, Arthur Huff is known for his skills and leadership on the field while being the perfect family man. At least that's the surface. Inside the mind of the CIA legend, we view dark agendas of revenge and terrorism. Once assigned to pursue his rogue CIA partner, Nigel Goodman, Huff discovers that Goodman is a triple spy, working for Russia and Egypt. After leading a team, Huff is successful in bringing down the terrorist. Nightmares are put to rest, families are united and the country is safe. Or is it? After Goodman's death, reports of kidnappings emerge from the quiet, suburban neighborhood of Arthur Huff. A recent kidnapping of a FBI agent draws Detective Jordan Long into investigation. Long, recovering from the trauma of his daughter's death, fights for the little sanity he has, being a cop. He is assigned as an undercover, hoping to find the answers to the kidnappings but stumbles across something more sinister - Arthur Huff. The retired CIA agent seems all but ... Written by Julian Jay Burton

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Secrets sleep but they never die.


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This film marked the first full-length feature of Bermuda Image Entertainment and its inception of the Red Crow Comics Cinematic Universe. See more »

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Written and performed by Michael A. Brown (as Stretch)
Courtesy of Bermuda Image, LLC
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Retro-Styled Noir Suspense Thriller
4 April 2019 | by halledbetterSee all my reviews

Alfred Hitchcock once famously explained the difference between surprise and suspense with an example of a time bomb beneath a table. Dormant provides both unexpected surprises (including one very well executed special effect) and unrelenting suspense. The audience knows who is the antagonist within the first couple of minutes, but the dark side of the unassuming Arthur Huff (Tom Hagale) remains hidden from most of the characters and our protagonist until late in the film. This special insight by the audience sets up several well-played scenes of seat climbing anxiety; essentially any time Huff appears alone with another character. Hagale's performance is so unnerving that my wife whispered to me during a screening that she wasn't sure she could finish watching the film.

At its heart, however, Dormant is a psychological journey, even though it plays out as a suspense thriller with an espionage context. Intended as the prequel to producer, director and screenwriter, Julian Jay Burton's web series Bermuda City, about the exploits of undercover Detective Jordan Long (Burton), Dormant forms not only the historical backdrop for Det. Long's Bermuda City assignment, it also establishes his psychological backstory. It is in this respect that the storytelling and filmmaking craft of Dormant stand apart. Using glimpsed flashbacks and inventive editing, we slowly discover the truth of Det. Jordan Long's past. This is a film in which the seemingly unimportant details do indeed matter, so if something catches your attention, however fleetingly, hold onto that. There is fulfilment for the attentive viewer. There are also layers of revelation. Very rarely do I see a film that delivers on the promise of its premise or that truly surprises me with a plot development. Dormant did.

Cinematography and scene direction are outstanding, the filmmakers really obtained the most from the local shots. Watching the film, I had a sense that it was set somewhere near the coast in a Southern town of enduring, yet fading elegance and prominence - more Faulknerian than 21st Century. This setting as character is enhanced by the almost complete absence of strong sunlight throughout the film, most scenes occurring at night, near sunset or under overcast skies, conveying a landscape of unsettled history and uncertain future.

Echoing the mood of the film noir of the 1940s and 50s and the style of 1960s avant garde, Dormant achieves the level of filmmaking that once was the Hollywood standard.


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