The Human Trace
Over the last year, a series of grisly murders has plagued the small town of Solace. Investigators are baffled because no cuase of death can be determined for the victims. Because local law enforcement is under suspicion, county detective Kyle Fishburn is sent undercover to find the killer. He stays at a bed and breackfast and befriends the owner, Gordy, an obsessive-compulsive neat freak, whose extensive knowledge of the town proves invaluable. Kyle quickly learns the dirt, the lies and the secrets of the suspects and the victims. Kyle discovers a frightening twist to Solace's secrets when he realizes that the murders are not your garden variety homicides. Something much more sinister is gripping this town and may soon be headed for Kyle too!
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The story is about a prison doctor that makes a drug that calms inmates down, but it has some serious side effects that spread among the prision population. I won't say what the other side effects are, but suffice to say its not good for anyone in town. A detective is brought in from another jurisdiction when unexplainable deaths start to occur in the town. Det. Fishburn arrives in town undercover on a touring bicycle posing as a writer and stays at a Bed & Breakfast run by Gordy Fellows. The other lead character was the local Sheriff Sykes (Jeff Wyatt Wilson) who lets just say wasn't really much help with the investigation.
This is a Indie film that has some of the issues that often hurt their stories, but in this case they aren't bad enough to ruin either the story or its characters enough to pull the plug. It had little if any special effects or makeup to add costs and possibly hurt the production further (good call by the production staff) and the story was still effective without it. The main reason I kept watching this story was that I needed to find out what was happening with this town and its residents.
Some of the cinematography was quite good as was some of the lighting used to add a certain creepiness to key scenes.
The acting was rough, but again not so bad that I couldn't watch due in part to the two lead characters Det. Fishburn (Josh Sumner) and the B&B host Gordy Fellows (Jeff Hime) and his idiosyncrasies (obsessives compulsive disorders) that played fairly well off of the detectives personality. Sheriff Sykes (Wilson) did an ok job with his role albeit a little to OTT (over the top) for my liking, nut again not so bad as to quit watching the movie.
The big winner for me was the story itself and how well it plays out on screen. The writing is usually one of the big losers for Indie films much like the acting and direction, but not this time.
The movie could be watched by all family members due to its light touch with violence, blood and gore, foul language and lack of either sex or nudity.
3 solid stars for this one.