If you were responsible for the death of your child, would you be able to move on with your life? This and other life dilemmas are examined in Gaby Dellal’s Angels Crest.
The story revolves around a young, single father’s upcoming trial for criminal neglect that led to the death of his son. In their small town where privacy in not a liberty, lives are intertwined and these events send them into a downward spiral.
There is a lot of potential in this movie, but none of it is fully realized by director Gaby Dellal and writer Catherine Trieschmann. The baseline story and themes are real and the audience is able to connect to the unfortunate circumstances that have taken place. However, there is a lack of cohesion between the multiple themes and characters. Too many unnecessary characters are given storylines and pointless screen time, leaving little room for important ones to develop.
The saving grace of this film lays in the good performances from Thomas Dekker (My Sister’s Keeper, A Nightmare On Elm Street), Lynn Collins (John Carter), Elizabeth McGovern (Clash of the Titans), Kate Walsh (Legion), and the young Ameco Eks Mass Carroll.
The DVD release features two alternate scenes and brief deleted scenes, both with director commentary. There are also interviews with actor Thomas Dekker and actress Mira Sorvino. The movie’s video encode is poorly compressed, but the audio mastering is good.
Bottom Line: Worth a rental, if you’ve got nothing else to watch and are in need of a darker drama.
Movie Grade C-
DVD Grade C-
Runtime: 93 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1