Abe's an ambitious young journalist hungry for a story that will launch his career. Debra works in national security and has a serious revelation to leak. In a few minutes, they will meet for the first time. In an hour, one of them will be dead.
A meditation on truth and the difficulty of figuring out who is on which side. It will remind you of a Cold War thriller in which the question on everybody's mind is if so and so is a mole.
Did someone lie by accident? Or was it deliberate? “I don’t believe in accidents,” some guy inevitably would say in one of those thrillers. Nobody says it in this movie, but you'll think it.
You'll also be wondering by the end what is the significance of the powerful but silent sweep of the arms of wind machines set against the cool desolation of the prairie.
But these are the questions you'll have at the end. During the movie you'll be on the edge of your seat wondering what's going to happen next. That's a tribute to Nathan Williams's skill as a director.
This is a 'old style' movie a bit like Hell or High Water that relies on story, characters and dialogue rather than action, drama or visuals to engage the viewer. The challenge is where Hell or High Water executed spectacularly on three of these elements, this films delivers against none of them. The story sets up a mystery but never reveals enough to give the viewer any sense resolution or even the core conflict. The characters don't develop at all and the dialogue is so subdued it's hard to stay engaged. I found the film very confusing. The intent may be for the viewer to think and interpret the film on their own, but this didn't work for me. Unless you enjoy films where you have to interpret events and charters, it's not worth 1.5 hours.
Despite its tight budget, this film captures such a sense of suspense and dread. Director Nathan Williams showcases a masterful sense of pace in crafting a taut, lean narrative, and the authenticity of the setting consistently rings true. Amidst the cast, Conner Marx is easily the stand-out, navigating the tone and text of the script with ease and charisma.