Blu-ray Review: THE STANDOFF AT SPARROW CREEK

THE STANDOFF AT SPARROW CREEK was written and helmed by Henry Dunham in his feature film directorial debut and stars James Badge Dale, Chris Mulkey, Brian Geraghty, Robert Aramayo, Patrick Fischler, Happy Anderson and Gene Jones.

After a shooting at a police funeral, reclusive ex-cop Gannon (Dale) finds himself unwittingly forced out of retirement when he realizes that the killer belongs to the same militia he joined after quitting the force. Understanding that the shooting could set off a chain reaction of copycat violence across the country, Gannon quarantines his fellow militiamen in the remote lumber mill they call their headquarters. There, he sets about a series of grueling interrogations, intent on ferreting out the killer and turning him over to the authorities to prevent further bloodshed.

The Standoff at Sparrow Creek follows these seven men who belong to this militia. They do an inventory count after they find out about this unthinkable shooting and discover that one of their weapons is missing and this is when things begin to spiral out of control. Everyone in the group becomes a suspect as paranoia slowly sets in within the ranks and each one of them gets interrogated by their peers.

There’s also the fear that this shooting could possibly set off a chain reaction of copycat violence across the country so it’s a race against time for them to find out who committed the act before it gets even more out of control. What happens is, just when they think they have the guilty party (who also makes a confession), a new twist is introduced into the mix which makes things much more complicated for these men.

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, some images and list of special features. The Blu-ray disc also features some artwork that matches the front cover. 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 line is, The Standoff at Sparrow Creek ended up being an entertaining slow burn that’s one part crime thriller and one part psychological drama. Henry Dunham came up with an interesting story that felt like it was ripped right out of today’s headlines with all the craziness and tragic shootings that’s been happening. I also thought he did a really good job for this to be his directorial debut that’s complimented by a strong cast that’s ed by James Badge Dale who does a great job as the central character. The Standoff at Sparrow Creek is first and foremost character driven and it has a fantastic twist that you will not see coming. The movie also features some impressive cinematography because it’s an extremely dark and atmospheric watch. The Standoff at Sparrow Creek will be available on Blu-ray on March 5th.

Distributor: RLJE Films

Run Time: 89 Minutes

Rated: Not Rated

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition 16×9 Widescreen (2.35:1)

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

Subtitles: English SDH, French and Spanish

Special Features: The only extra on the Blu-ray is The Making Of The Standoff at Sparrow Creek featurette (10:45)

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