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What makes The Standoff at Sparrow Creek special is how much it reminds you of stories of alpha males like Reservoir Dogs, The Thing, and Mamet's work without ever feeling wholly derivative.
There is a timely element to "Sparrow Creek" that speaks to our current moment and mood in this country, but the simple, effective nature of Dunham's sharp storytelling makes him a talent to watch going forward.
There's nothing new in The Standoff at Sparrow Creek except the title.
The gaps in logic might be easier to forgive if the movie's real-world resonances weren't so troubling.
The film has so much potential, but it's a shame that it all falls flat.
Even without the strength of its character-actor cast, the warehouse-set drama would attract Reservoir Dogs comparisons; though neither as twisty nor as satisfying as that film, this debut shows pulpy promise and is a step ahead of its genre peers.
[Henry] Dunham's filmmaking remains disciplined throughout, building pressure within that's eventually released in explosive violence.
The world we live in is a gray one... or maybe it just looks that way through all the gun powder and tear gas.
Henry Dunham's twisty, dialogue heavy chamber play is a taut psychological thriller that upends our expectations, pulling the rug out from under us in its final moments.
With a single minded focus, it tells a razor sharp story about as well as it can be told, complete with a hell of an ending, to boot.
Dunham obviously takes the less-is-more approach ... providing a plot that can be summed up in a single, simple sentence ... but ensuring that the simplicity ends there.
The Standoff at Sparrow Creek is the first feature film for writer/director Henry Dunham, but he has already cracked the formula for making a quality movie.
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