Purgatory Flats 2009 NR

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Sunny would do anything to get out of PURGATORY FLATS. Anything to be free of her abusive husband and his lecherous family. Anything it seems, even murder.

Runtime:
1 hour 43 minutes

Purgatory Flats

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Genres Thriller, Mystery
Director Harris Done
Studio CreateSpace
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Michael Butts HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on November 26, 2004
Format: DVD
PURGATORY FLATS enters the "Body Heat" territory in this well-crafted, keenly directed femme fatale story. Vincent Ventresca plays Dr. Thomas Reed, a man whose life was cruelly changed when his wife is killed in a car accident in which he was driving drunk. He is sentenced to five years in prison and upon his release he refuses the help of his brother (Jason Brooks), and hitchhikes to a small town called Purgatory Flats. There he meets the seductively sexy Sunny (Alexandra Holden). She is married to a no-good drug addict named Owen who is wounded seriously in a drug deal gone bad. Dr. Tom comes on to the scene and tries to help save Owen. However, Owen's uncle Dean (Gregg Henry) doesn't want two time offender Owen to be put in jail, so he forces Tom to go with him to their house to nurse Owen back to health. There we meet Owen's older brother, Randy (Brian Austin Green), who is AWOL and a brutal redneck himself.

From here, Tom becomes more and more involved and ensuing mayhem, murder and deception run rampant.

A clever script and top notch performances make this sleeper a keeper. Ventresca is excellent as Tom, showing his guilt over the death of his wife, his ineffective attempt at celibacy, and his desperation in his situation. Holden sizzles as the young Mata Hari, combining a teen innocence with an older woman's cunning. Green (Knots Landing) is perfect as redneck Randy, and Gregg Henry gives a solid performance as the treacherous uncle.

PURGATORY FLATS moves along in a quiet ominous mood, and it's plot twist may be predictable, but it still has a punch.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 28, 2004
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
After spending five years in prison, Dr. Thomas Reed, played by the incomparable Vincent Ventresca, exiles himself to Purgatory Flats and winds up tending bar. He soon meets the luscious, angel-faced Sunny (Alexandra Holden). "You are wicked." he tells her. "You have no idea." she replies as she sips her Slo Comfortable Screw and languidly drags on her cig. Reed finds himself entwined in the violent troubles of her family and the femme fatale story unfolds set against the desolation and desperation of the oil-drained western town.
Canny direction. Great performances. Superb entourage work. And some lust scenes that sizzle like the sun in Purgatory.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Zagethe on May 30, 2008
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To be honest I only purchased this movie to see Vincent Ventresca whom I adore in the Invisible Man series. He doesnt disappoint.

This is a rather seedy little drama about a (ex) doctor who is just released from prison after serving five years for killing his wife in a drunk driving accident. The guilt won't let him go back to his old life so he instead hitches a ride to nowhere and ends up in Purgatory Flats. While working there as a bartender he meets a sexy blonde and ends up getting caught up in drugs, murder, and just maybe redemption.

Vince Ventresca is very good at playing basically good characters who are pushed into, or seduced into, the darker side. You can always identify with him and root for him to make it through.

If you're a fan of his you wont be disappointed in this low budget thriller. If you just like seedy noir type cinema you might want to give this one a try at such a reasonable price. I'm pleased and will keep it in my collection.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. Trotter VINE VOICE on May 14, 2006
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This is such a fun movie! I loved it. The actors play it straight, real low-key (except for the Very Angry Brother) and smart. It's so well put together! Loads of grit and such a nicely done ending. So many movies just can't cut it to the end, they turn sour; but this one has a satisfying finish as well as a strong start. I'm so glad I got it.

I just can't understand why I never heard anything about it before I hunted up stuff Vince Ventresca was in. (Ok, so I've started watching movies with specific actors in them, which I swore I'd never do. Sue me. He's good.)

Oh, plot? um, Doctor gets chucked in jail for a few, gets out and doesn't want to go back to LA. Ends up in the little town of the title, Purgatory Flats. Gets caught up in the wake of a shooting... Thing is, you completely understand everyone in the movie, why they do what they do, all the bad decisions they make. It's all the sort of stuff that people do every day, how the little things just slide you right into disaster.

There's a little cheeze (chase scene anyone) - but everyone likes a little cheese, and they don't overdo it.
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