Blu-ray Review: SMALL TOWN CRIME

SMALL TOWN CRIME was written and directed by the brother team of Eshom Nelms and Ian Nelms and stars John Hawkes, Anthony Anderson, Caity Lotz, Stefanie Scott, Clifton Collins Jr., and Michael Vartan, with Robert Forster and Octavia Spencer.

The gritty crime thriller with a dark sense of humor follows an alcoholic ex-cop who discovers the dead body of a young woman and is determined to find the killer in order to redeem himself as a police officer. Mike Kendall (John Hawkes), a disgraced ex-cop, is fighting a losing battle with the bottle. When he finds a woman left for dead at the side of a road, Kendall turns private eye to track down her killers, taking one last shot at redemption.

The movie follows this extremely flawed ex-cop who wants nothing more to get back on the force but he’s finding it hard to even get a chance at redemption because of his drinking problems and reckless lifestyle. What happens is, he ends up pretending to be a private investigator after he finds this dead girl and starts searching for clues which leads him directly to the killers. He makes a few new allies along the way that include the girl’s grandfather who wants revenge and a street pimp and they end up going up against these heavily armed killers in a violent gun fight to the death. In the end, not only does this ex-cop take out the bad guys but he ultimately starts to redeem himself and actually does become a P.I.

Okay, Small Town Crime ended up being a much better watch than I thought it was going to be going in. The movie takes place in this small town and follows this likable ex-cop that’s played perfectly by John Hawkes who is complimented by an amazing supporting cast. Any time Clifton Collins Jr. shows up for a role you know you’re in for a treat and there’s also the legendary Robert Forster who also gets to have a little fun. This gritty crime thriller includes some exciting action scenes, car chases and gun fights so there’s going to be a little bloodshed to go along with it all. The directors captured the intensity and comedy that this movie possesses but the driving force is the story and these interesting characters.

The packaging comes with a slipcover/o-card. The front features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, more artwork and list of special features. The Blu-ray disc also features some matching artwork. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this high-definition release were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom liine is, Small Town Crime ended up being a gritty crime thriller that features a really dark sense of humor. The story was well conceived and all of the interesting characters were fun to follow. John Hawkes did a fantastic job with this flawed character he portrays. This is a man that has some serious issues but he’s still a likable character that keeps trying to fix the things he’s messed up in his life. He’s also a man we learn more about through a few flashbacks that reveal why he’s turned out to be this reckless alcoholic but he’s also a man who wants a second chance. The movie was written and directed by the Nelms brothers and I thought they delivered a well executed movie that includes these interesting characters, extreme violence and even some comedy when it’s needed. Small Town Crime arrives on Blu-ray (plus Digital) on March 20th and is worth checking out.

Distributor: Lionsgate Home Entertainment

Run Time: 92 Minutes

Rated: R

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition 16×9 Widescreen (2.40:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

Subtitles: English SDH and Spanish

Special Features: Good Stuff! The extras include three commentary tracks, two “making of” featurettes, five deleted/extended scenes and a digital copy of the movie.

  • Deleted/Extended Scenes (03:29)
  • “Crime and Character” Featurette (07:44)
  • “Devising A Small-Town Crime” Featurette (07:00)
  • Directors’ Commentary
  • Actor, Producer, and Directors’ Commentary
  • Technical Commentary
  • Digital HD Copy


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  1. Arthur G. says:

    This is one of the best pulp fiction crime movies I have seen in a long time. It’s both gritty and funny in parts. The characters are awesome and the story and pacing just roll.

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