Trailer Talk: ‘Meskada’


As a big fan of crime thrillers, I was excited to view the trailer for the upcoming film “Meskada,” directed by Josh Sternfeld.

My interest in this genre lies in my personal opinion that it is rare to come about a decent plot, where twists and turns keep you wondering until the very end.

I find that for the most part, crime thrillers tend to be mostly predictable and safe. The trailer for “Meskada” has me convinced this will be one crime movie that is definitely worth seeing.

“Meskada” takes us on the journey of officer Noah Cordin (played by Nick Stahl) serving the small but affluent town of Hilliard, trying to find the robber-turned-murderer who killed a small boy during a home invasion. Clues lead the investigation back to Caswell, the poor community where Noah grew up. The perpetrators left very few clues and when no suspect is apprehended, the people of Hilliard grow increasingly angry. Tensions flare when the murdered boy’s mother, an influential person in the town, threatens to disrupt the plans to build a manufacturing plant in Caswell unless a suspect has been caught. The manufacturing plant would bring a much-needed boost to the local economy, so the townspeople set off on their own investigation to reveal the person responsible and save their town. While the investigation goes on, Noah is torn between his hometown and the town he now protects. Town versus town, rich versus poor, both towns are in search of the same thing but for wildly different reasons.

The premise of the film is interesting to me for two reasons. For one, it explores the dynamic between the rich and the poor, with the rich suburban town of Hilliard using its power to threaten the town of Caswell. The other intriguing point is the type of crime committed. The trailer reminded me loosely of the 2007 film “Gone Baby Gone” in that it invokes much deeper emotions from everyone involved due to the fact that the crime committed involves a child. That taboo subject matter differentiates this movie from many other thrillers and helps draw the viewer into the film, forming a more emotional connection.

“Meskada” will make its premiere this Thursday during the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City. The cast will certainly broaden the appeal of the film. “Twilight” actor Kellan Lutz and “Boondock Saints” star Norman Reedus co-star in the picture along with Rachel Nichols, Jonathon Tucker, Grace Gummer, James McCaffrey and Laura Benanti. Based on this trailer alone, I am excited to find out where this investigation takes us.

(Caution: The trailer includes profanity.)

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12 Comments Add Yours ↓

  1. daisyvet #

    I, too, am intrigued by this movie. It certainly doesn’t look like your run-of-the-mill thriller which has me excited to see it as well. Nice breakdown of the plot. Another great article Casey!

  2. 2

    Good review, I definetly have to get this movie, I dig thrillers of any kind. Thanx. Peace.

  3. Crash #

    Woo go Casey! Another great article. I hadn’t read anything on this movie yet, but now I’m pretty interested in it.

  4. 4

    I can’t wait to see this movie. It has so much potential. I just hope that it comes to my little town. 🙂

  5. Rachel #

    Hmmmm…sounds pretty interesting! I may have check this one out!

  6. 6

    I can’t wait to check it out!

  7. annielicious14 #

    Ok! sounds good. I hadn’t seen anything on this before ….. but you piqued my interest. Can’t wait to find out more on this! Thanks for the article!

  8. amidd24 #

    Another great one Casey!! Can’t wait to check this out!!!

  9. 9

    I think I want to see this one. It sounds intriguing and I haven’t seen a good thriller in what seems like ages.

  10. Mandy302 #

    Can’t wait to see the movie, it looks great and Casey did another amazing job!

  11. 11

    Ya know… I really should aim to be in NYC during Tribeca next year instead of it being a happy accident…

  12. 12

    The film opens tonight at the Tribeca Film Festival. The premiere is sold out, but I heard the screenings for the rest of the weekend are open still. Check out the showtimes here: or follow Meskada on twitter/meskada for more updates on screenings. I heard Kellan is coming with Annalyne McCord!!!

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