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Shimmer Lake (2017)

TV-MA | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | 9 June 2017 (USA)
An inventive crime thriller told backwards -- reversing day by day through a week -- following a local sheriff's quest to unlock the mystery of three small town criminals and a bank heist gone wrong.

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An inventive crime thriller told backwards -- reversing day by day through a week -- following a local sheriff's quest to unlock the mystery of three small town criminals and a bank heist gone wrong.

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In the bank scene Zeke is reading the reprint of Different Seasons by Stephen King. This collection of four short stories includes The Body (which would become the movie Stand by Me), Apt Pupil, Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption, and The Breathing Method. See more »

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campy, uneventful, and bland, with the odd laugh or two.
19 June 2017 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

This comedic crime picture chronicles the aftermath of a foiled bank robbery, but in reverse, one day at a time.

The recipe which involves the humorous blunders of very dumb criminals and the cops who are after them has all the pulp, but none of the juice or the sugar to make it much good. The reverse time gimmick doesn't make the story anymore interesting, because it never feels like a story worth telling. The payoff for each chapter is merely to tell us who got killed and how. If only we could care. Shimmer Lake has virtually no respect for its characters so neither will most of the audience. Their one function is to be laughed at. Shimmer Lakes one achievement is that are a few moments that prompt giggles. Worst of everything is Shimmer Lake is the acting, which delivery and reactions that at times seem intuitionally phony. The way Rainn Wilson's character holds a gun in one scene is so ridiculous that it can serve no other meaning than to tell us that he's never held a gun in his life.

The catalyst for the whole fiasco involves the death of a child that is never even explained let alone shown to us. All we get is a wide shot of a burning cabin. Shimmer Lake does itself no favours by cutting this backstory out of the movie.

The finished product plays like a student production made by students who spend more in the movie world than the real one. It's hard to imagine ho this movie got sold.


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