Movie Review: A VIOLENT SEPARATION

A VIOLENT SEPARATION was directed by Kevin and Michael Goetz from a screenplay by Michael Arkof and stars Brenton Thwaites, Ben Robson, Alycia Debnam-Carey, Claire Holt, Ted Levine, Francesca Eastwood, Gerald McRaney and Peter Michael Goetz.

In a quiet midwestern town, a deputy named Norman Young is faced with an impossible decision; arrest his older brother Ray for murder or help him cover it up. Norman chooses family. As the ensuing investigation withers, neither of the brothers are prepared for the weight of their guilt or how that guilt will strain their loyalty to each other when a passionate romance blossoms between Norman and the victim’s younger sister, Frances. Family bonds are tested as impossible choices must be made to protect the ones they love.

The story for A Violent Separation centers around Norman (Brenton Thwaites) and his older brother Ray (Ben Robson) who lives life on the wild side. Something bad happens and when Ray calls his younger brother for help he doesn’t hesitate to come to his aid. When Norman arrives at the scene of the crime to see what has gone down, he’s left with a tough decision to either arrest his brother or help him cover it up. The two brothers are in deep and decide to cover up this unspeakable tragedy so they go about their lives like nothing has happened.

Sheriff Ed Quinn (Ted Levine) is on the case and he slowly starts digging up clues which adds to the already stressful situation. There’s also Norman’s loyal girlfriend Frances (Alycia Debnam-Carey) who also happens to be the younger sister of the victim and this doesn’t help the uncomfortable situation at all. Some tme passes by and everyone in their lives can tell something isn’t right between the brothers, especially the sheriff and Frances. A wedge has been driven between Norman and Ray because of this mess they’ve put themselves in. In the end, the two decide it’s time to right their wrongs even though they’ve come up with different ways of how to go about it.

Bottom line is, A Violent Separation ended up being a really well made thriller about family drama and what one brother will do for the other one when an unspeakable tragedy occurs. As thought=provoking as the story is, it’s the impressive cast that’s the driving force of the movie and each character has their part to play in this dark story. There’s no guess work to what actually goes down in the beginning so what directors Kevin and Michael Goetz do is build the tension between these two brothers and the people that surround them. It’s an intense watch that’ll keep viewers on the edge of your seat as everything plays out between these characters as the heart breaking story slowly unfolds. A Violent Separation is now playing in select theaters and On Demand and is worth checking out. Put this one on your watch list!

Distributor: Screen Media

Run Time: 106 Minutes

Rated: Not Rated

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