— by CASEY CRAWFORD —
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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