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Meskada (2010)

Nick Stahl , Kellan Lutz , Josh Sternfeld  |  R |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Nick Stahl, Kellan Lutz, Rachel Nichols, Norman Reedus, Jonathan Tucker
  • Directors: Josh Sternfeld
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: ANCHOR BAY
  • DVD Release Date: March 22, 2011
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004G8WS66
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #88,726 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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After a botched home robbery in a wealthy community leaves a small child dead, a single clue leads police detective Noah Cordin (Nick Stahl of Terminator 3 and Sin City) and his new partner (Rachel Nichols of Star Trek) to Cordin's nearby working-class hometown. But in a struggling community full of desperate suspects, including a local laborer (Kellan Lutz of The Twilight Saga), the fuse is lit on a conflict that goes far deeper than homicide. Jonathan Tucker (Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Ruins), Grace Gummer (Gigantic) and Norman Reedus (The Boondock Saints) co-star in this provocative indie drama from writer/director Josh Sternfeld (Winter Solstice) about a shocking crime, an extreme investigation, and the tensions--and passions--that will explode in a county called MESKADA.

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Psychodynamics of Small Towns December 23, 2010
Threads of the past weave through this interesting film about small town folks and their loyalties to each other when it comes to intervention from the outside - even to the defense of homicide. Josh Sternfeld wrote and directed this little thriller with a small cast of young actors who may just be more noticed after this dramatic effort.

Two boys - Eddie Arlinger (Kellan Lutz) and Shane Loakin (Jonathan Tucker) - drifters who go on the road to rob houses and sell their goods to pawn shops through their relationship with a bar girl (Grace Gummer, another of Meryl Streep's daughters) - accidentally kill a little boy during a robbery in Hilliard. The boy happens to be the son of a Meskada County Commissioner ( Laura Benati). Young small town detective Noah Cordin (Nick Stahl) and his new partner Leslie Spencer (Rachel Nichols) are brought in to solve the crime despite the fact that the town sheriff (Michael Sirow) and cohort (Michael Cerveris) think they can handle the matter themselves: much of the clash is bringing in an outside detective who grew up in a poor small town not far from Hilliard, viewed as interference. The local Bar owner Billy (James McCaffrey) and Shane's brother-in-law Dennis (Norman Reedus) fight to protect Eddie and Shane, but events occur that reveal the true identity of the killer after a showdown between the out of town detective and the townsfolk that come to grips with a situation no one wants to explore.

While the story leaves some gaping holes unresolved, the script does manage to capture the small town loyalties that often avoid reality. Adding the aspect of how the national economy is affecting the livelihood of small town residents heightens the tension. The young cast is very fine, especially the key performance by Jonathan Tucker.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars New Trick on an Old Dog March 25, 2011
On the surface we've seen this before. A small town detective is put on a case involving a somewhat politically prominent person. Here, it's a woman whose young son has been murdered during a home invasion. The evidence leads him back to his home town where he finds that solving the case involves more than connecting the dots.

What makes this worth watching is that not as much time is spent working clues and putting 2 and 2 together. Most of the time is spent on the people involved. There are no real "bad" or "good" people here. No sneering villains or femme fatales and no Dudley Do-Rights. This involves a town that's on it's heels and fighting for survival, and its residents have fallen on hard times. Nick Stahl, as the detective, just wants to do his job. He grew up with most of these people and has to conduct his investigation without seeming to be a heartless outsider coming down on the white trash. Then a certain thing happens that makes him question the moral fiber of the people signing his paycheck. This is a very complex movie. I cannot say I've ever seen anything quite like it and that made it a real gem in my book. Something else that is cool here is that he is assigned a young, pretty female partner for the case and the producers/director leave it alone. No cheating. No sexual tension. No oneupsmanship between the two. Just two professionals working toward a common goal. This movie never takes the low road.

I've seen Nick Stahl in a couple of movies and I can't say I've been all that impressed. Well, after this outing I'm changing my tune. He does a sweet job here, as do most of the rest of the cast. I can't say I recognized many of the names when they popped up in the opening credits, but I knew who most of them were when I saw them. It's a good ensemble cast.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars average at best June 13, 2012
The positive reviews here for Meskada are sort of puzzling to me. Not only does the movie not show the actual murder in the beginning (which is crucial by the way since showing the murder makes those who are guilty more enticing to watch) but the characters never really interact with any excitement either.

Basically a few guys have committed a horrible crime- they killed someone and try to play it cool by not saying anything about it to anyone. Eventually the investigation team adds up all the clues and, well, you can guess what happens. The point is, everything that *leads* to the predictable conclusion is uninteresting. These guys have regular conversations you'd expect from a group of smalltown country boys, go about their lives normally and only when the cops ask questions and raise more suspicion do the murderers ever get concerned. I was actually bored watching such cliched writing. Flat out bored. Very little happens for the first hour in fact.

Oh and the worst part? When suddenly all the clues just happened to be put together magically, which was done for convenience sake on the part of the movie writers. I HATE when the clues are suddenly put together without a convincing explanation because it just screams laziness thanks to terrible and perhaps unfocused/undeveloped writing. It's insulting too. I wasted an hour of boredom just for *that?* Basically a cop out (no pun intended).

It's just not very interesting from a storyline perspective. I guess there are a few moments that save the film from disaster. One, we're never really sure which one of the boys committed the murder until later, and two, the action DOES pick up near the end (when the one female cop takes a beating for example). Other than that, nothing special about Meskada at all.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good movie
Published 24 days ago by Robin Spivey
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Good movie
Published 2 months ago by Patricia McGuire
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 2 months ago by MICHAEL
4.0 out of 5 stars Loved the movie, not crazy about the ending!
This was a good movie. there was a few bad actors, Not Norman Reedus of course. I was expecting a better ending....not sure how, but felt it was unfinished.
Published 7 months ago by Dawna
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but kind of slow
I watched Meskada because I am a huge Norman Reedus fan. He is not a huge character in this flick but is as amazing as ever. Read more
Published 8 months ago by DStar
4.0 out of 5 stars very surprising ending shows how some towns can keep a secret
I got this for Norman Reedus wish he had more of a part in this movie but it was good but the ending surprised me shows who will stick with who in a small town and some people... Read more
Published 10 months ago by christine
3.0 out of 5 stars Meskada
It was a so-so mystery movie. Again, I love Norman Reedus so that is why I bought this movie. I thought he did agreat job acting in it. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Pixie
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad
This was ok, a little slow, but it was an okay movie. Not my favorite kind of subject. Well, done however.
Published 14 months ago by N. Cornell
3.0 out of 5 stars Meskada
This movie is a "B" movie. I bought it for the actors, Norman Reedus and Kellan Lutz. I am a Twilight fan, and I wanted to see Kellan Lutz in other movies. Read more
Published 16 months ago by irishbybirth
4.0 out of 5 stars good cast!
I have to admit i purchased the movie cuz im a huge norman reedus fan. Thought the movie was good had decent b list ensemble cast. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Megan Huston
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