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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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  • 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
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  • Studio: ANCHOR BAY
  • DVD Release Date: March 22, 2011
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004G8WS66
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #64,877 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Meskada" on IMDb

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Format: DVD
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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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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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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