Don McKay (2010)
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The movie starts off as a thriller with a slow fuse, with the film evolving into a black comedy in the final half hour. While Don Mckay isn't as well-written or interesting as a Coen Brothers film, it scores points for throwing the audience curveballs. I thought the story was obvious and predictable, until the conclusion approached. There's simply no way that you can predict how the story will unfold or conclude.
The best part of Don Mckay is the cast. Elisabeth Shue is gorgeous as Sonny, Don Mckay's old girlfriend who conveniently wears seductive sleepwear for most of the movie (I'm not complaining). Keith David (the Imam in Pitch Black) gives a nice performance as Mckay's buddy Otis Kent, though he unfortunately doesn't get much screen time. The movie is also rounded out with performances by veteran actors Pruitt Taylor Vince, M. Emmet Walsh, and James Rebhorn. The standout performance in the movie is by Melissa Leo (Frozen River), who is spectacular as Marie, Sonny's caregiver. I was a bit disappointed by Thomas Haden Church's performance in the lead role. It may have been intentional for Mckay to be a shell of a man, but Church has the same expression on his face for almost the entire movie. Also, the cinematography by first-time director Jake Goldberger is decent, and I enjoyed the film score by Steven Bramson.
While Don Mckay is basically a straight-to-video movie, it's much better than your typical Redbox rental. It won't have you on the edge of your seat the whole time, but it still offers a great cast and an unpredictable ending.
This is Thomas Hayden Church's production so he must have seen something here. The question is what. He must have also seen something in the McKay character but that seems elusive as well. He wears a particular expression on his face throughout nearly the entire movie but I can't quite pin it. Is he dumb? Is he dumbfounded? Is he in a constant state of amazement? Whatever, it wears thin rather quickly. The plot does keep you on your toes and I really wanted to find out what the entire thing was about, and in that sense it was quite satisfying. In the third act they drop the weirdness and the film takes a sudden turn for the straight. All the cards are on the table and the plot knots get, well.....unknotted.
The acting is decent. Elizabeth Shue isn't at her best but, as I'd pay to watch eat cornflakes, it didn't slow my enjoyment. The production values were good enough to get the point across. The one thing that really threw me were the songs. They seemed to have nothing to do with what was happening and did absolutely nothing to enhance or underscore what was happening on the screen.
This isn't a bad movie by any means and I didn't find myself looking at my watch. But if you don't get to see a lot of movies, I wouldn't put this high on my list.
I thought this movie was just alright and has adequate suspense and intrigue to keep things interesting. Each character was shady and this angle made the movie interesting. In many ways it reminded me of a short story or a play adapted for the big screen. Thomas Haden Church as the clueless character was great and the rest of the characters provided him support. While this may not be the best of suspenseful movies, it was still watchable and the final frame offered closure. Three stars. 01/02/11
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Enjoyed the movie for the most part and liked the plot but the characters were a little to strange.Published 3 months ago by Valerie C. Mavrikis
Like Don McKay who was fantasizing over a long lost love, I too wanted to see Elizabeth Shue again from Karate Kid fame. I have no words to describe what a waste of time this was. Read morePublished on March 24, 2014 by Eric from Chicago
I love independent films in general. I also love drama and suspense. This movie DOES have you guessing about Don's past in the town he goes back to in order to see Sonny... Read morePublished on December 29, 2013 by Kissiz4Tati
Fascinating, strange, unpredicatable, at times funny; clever, artistic; great acting, directing, and cinematography. Read morePublished on May 9, 2011 by The Thinker
I had time to kill and I'm glad don McKay didn't waste it.
this was an odd film, but I'm a fan of thomas Haden Church that I had to check it out. Read more
This is a very weird story of a man who comes back to his hometown, supposedly to reconnect with his lost love, knowing full well that she is not the... Read more