IN THIS GRAY PLACE REVIEW – OMAHA FILM FESTIVAL
Starring: Aleksander Ristic, Phil Lamaar, and Angela Nordeng
Directed By: R.D. Womack
Runtime: 1 hour 33 minutes
A man robs a pawn shop.The heist goes south, and he holds up in a rest stop bathroom.The cops show up.A standoff ensues.You begin the movie by thinking this is a heart stopping, pulse pounding, thriller.And a lot of the time it is.Had it stayed as just this the entire time, that would have been fine.People like that type of movie.It does well. We’ve seen it before, like a warm familiar blanket.
However, In This Gray Place decides to do a little more.It slowly reveals itself to be more than that.It’s a poem about love and sacrifice.There’s quite a few twists and turns along the way.It’s an ambitious little film.
In total, there’s only five actors seen in this movie.Most of the characters are presented over the phone, or on the other side of a bathroom door.It’s a unique way to cut costs, but it also makes out main character feel more isolated during this standoff.
In This Gray Place is tense, poetic, and effective.It could have been a huge train wreck, for having such lofty aspirations.It worked for me.It might be a tad heady for others who wanted to see a shoot em up action flick about hostage negotiators.If that’s what you want, rent The Negotiator.This won’t work for you.
On a scale of 'See It/Stream It/Skip It', I'm voting stream it.
I think based on the distribution deal it scored, stream it is the only option.But I would definitely recommend it if you want a little more from your action flicks, again if you like Fast and the Furious movies, those are great, but this isn’t for you.
If you liked Inside Man, Munich, or John Q you might like In This Gray Place
4 out of 5 stars