Starring: Willem Dafoe, Matt Dillon, Tom Berenger, Amy Smart, Neal McDonaugh
Directed by: Chris Brinker
Synopsis: Detective Bud Carter’s investigations lead to the arrest of Jesse Weiland, a contract killer from a criminal syndicate. Weiland, facing life in prison and losing his family, puts his trust in Carter and becomes an informant.
Bad Country, bad film I’m afraid. You know a film must be a bit of a stinker when you can’t even find the poster to put in the review, and have to resort to the DVD cover instead. Something must have gone awry with this project because, a quick Google search points to the title of the film being Whiskey Bay. If the film doesn’t even know what it’s called, is there any hope?
I have no idea what the budget of this film was, but it looked cheap, aside from a couple of decent shoot-out scenes. How a couple of decent actors like Dafoe and Dillon ended up in this is beyond me. Maybe they owed the director a favour or something?
It is based on a true story, how loosely I’m not sure. And, to be honest I don’t really care. Actually, I do care, and I’m going to Wikipedia it now to find out. But anyway, I digress. I’m not going to waste a huge amount of time on this review, suffice to say, the acting sucked, the moustaches were frightening, the script was poor. The cinematography at times, particularly the cheap looking stock footage shots looked like something akin to a TV show or movie, and not a very good one at that.
Maybe in the hands of a big name director things could have been different. Dillon and Dafoe are pretty reliable actors, although didn’t particularly show it in this, and the rest of the cast showed why they exist in TV land.
P.S. I read after I wrote this that the director Chris Brinker died suddenly in post-production. This may have had a negative impact on the film, although he had already shot it so that remains doubtful.